AFN Participates in ATX Hack for Change


Photo of hackathon teamThree technical projects submitted by Austin Free-Net were selected for the 5th Annual ATX Hack for Change event hosted by St. Edward’s University, June 2 – 4, 2017. Hack for Change is Austin’s response to the National Day of Civic Hacking, a White House initiative launched in 2012 to inspire citizens to come together and improve their communities.

The 3-day hackathon focuses on social good projects submitted by the community and hacked on by the community. AFN’s projects are among 50 projects selected this year—the largest number to date. The attendees come from every corner of Austin: all local industries, every sector, every neighborhood. This is for anyone who cares about Austin and their community.

Austin Free-Net Projects Presented:
1) Tutorial Videos: We want to boost Austin Free-Net’s Web-based Tutorial content for new technology users by creating a YouTube programming strategy.

2) Online Resume Builder: Our goal is to create  online tool that allows individuals with low literacy and word processing skills to develop a resume using a form that populates job duties.

3) Resource Directory: We want to create a virtual resource directory for those with low digital literacy to come into a public access lab and find the resources they need, even if in-person aid is not available.

On Saturday, Austin Free-Net team leaders pitched their projects to hundreds of potential volunteers eager to hack projects.  “We were excited to be partnered with coders that understood our vision for our Resume Builder project,” said Emily Plunkett, AFN Team Leader. “The volunteers produced a framework for our project and want to continue to work with us after the event.”  AFN also gained a strategic plan and future volunteer support  for  the two remaining projects. At the closing program on Sunday, AFN’s Resume Builder project was commended by the event judges as a great community solution.

For many non-profits, including Austin Free-Net the weekend event was a huge success. Look for more information soon about the next step for our projects.

Do you have technical expertise? Join Austin Free-Net as a volunteer and share your skills with the organization. For more information, visit our volunteer page.