Category : Blog
By: Pearl Esema
What is hackathon? <div> hackathon is the only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon, 100% organized and 100% operated by students of color, in the United States. Hackathon is held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. <div> hackathon’s mission is to assist Millennials Of Color in recognizing that they can be more than consumers of technology—they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of tomorrow’s technology.
Last year (2015), was our inaugural year. 50 Millennials Of Color (high-school and undergrads) spent the first weekend of SXSW, paired with Mentors, developing mobile apps that solved problems in the Education, Health, and Social Justice sectors.
This year, our <div> hackathon is answering the technology pipeline problem. Our <div> hackathon will serve as an information and social capital conduit—a pipeline—connecting talent-seeking companies to 65 phenomenal Millennials Of Color.
When and where is <div> hackathon? This year, <div> hackathon will be held March 12 and 13, 2016 on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. Huston-Tillotson University is a federally designated HBCU (a Historically Black College and University). Huston-Tillotson University is home to a diverse student campus. Our student body is 72% African-American, 17% Latino, 6% White, and 4% International.
Who runs <div> hackathon? <div> hackathon is 100% organized and 100% operated by the students of Huston-Tillotson University.
What should you expect to see at <div> hackathon?
We work hard to create an amazing <div> hackathon experience! Here’s what last year’s participants had to say about our <div> hackathon:
“<div> hackathon was a life changing experience that helped open my mind to becoming innovative and more than just a consumer of technology.” – Judith Job, Huston-Tillotson University Kinesiology student
“At <div> hackathon, I made lasting connections. I was also inspired to continue to create apps.” – Arsenio Brown, Huston-Tillotson University Sociology student
“<div> hackathon opened my eyes to something special about my East Austin community. Spending a weekend seeing different people of color work together to solve different issues was not only empowering but proves that we can go further if we do it together.” – Juan Zuniga, Austin Community College Business Management student
“Thank you so much for putting together the <div> hackathon! It’s great that you guys promoted diversity and women’s equality! I had so much fun, met some amazing people and learned so many tools that I will definitely be using…Please let me know if you guys ever do this again, I’d definitely be interested.” – Maryam Khawar, Austin Peace Academy student
If you would like to support us, or have any further questions or concerns about our <div> hackathon Supporter Tiers below, please contact Autumn Caviness, 512-505-3163, firstname.lastname@example.org and refer to iamthepipeline.com for more information. Thank you!
Thank-you to everyone to came out to our Summer Bash and Scholarship Fundraiser, Angel Austin with Life Music House Concerts for amazing us with your beautiful voice, Net Visual Tours for the photos, Balkan Cafe & Grill for hosting us, and District 4 City Council Member, Greg Casar for your support. Harish Kotecha shared information on his efforts that have resulted in $123k in school supplies and scholarships to date with this year: $20k in school supplies and $33k in scholarship. Scholarships have been allocated to Capital Idea, Manor Independent School District, Austin Community College, and Austin Independent School District.
4th Annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2016 is coming soon and there are some sponsorship opportunities.
Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt (BMBB) is designed to help spread the gift of wisdom. The net proceeds from BMBB will be used to purchase School Supplies for Austin area homeless students. You will be helping us in education for deserving but financially deprived little kids of our area.
Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) is asking for support on this event with sponsorship:
Details of 4th Annual BMBB:
Adults over 18yrs $30
Children between 6yrs and 18yrs $10
Table of 10 Sponsorship: $500
Venue: Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin TX 78731
Date and Time: Sunday June 5th, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will honor 13 outstanding Latina business and community leaders from across Texas at the fifth annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon Friday, May 13, 2016 at the AustinClub, 110 East 9th Street, Austin, Texas from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce was founded in 1975 by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners.
“I know I speak for all our Chamber and business members in congratulating this year’s Women of Distinction award recipients,” said TAMACC Chairman of the Board Sam Guzman. “Year after year we are proud and honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding successes and contributions that Hispanic women make to our communities, state, and indeed our nation.”
The 2016 Women of Distinction are:
Aliana Apodaca, President, Positive Directions Co., El Paso
Rosemary H. Banda, Community Volunteer, Austin
Barbara Ann Canales, Secretary, Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission, Corpus Christi
Judith A. Canales, State Executive Director, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, College Station
Dr. Catalina E. Garcia, M.D., President, Dallas Anesthesiology Group, Dallas
Virginia “Viky” Garcia, Community Volunteer, Laredo
Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Texas College Advisor, Austin
Genoveva G. Gomez, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio
Alida Y. Helgerman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Border Federal Credit Union, Del Rio
Helen Soto Knaggs, Office Manager, Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Austin
Cristina Rivera, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen
Alice Rodriguez, Councilwoman, City of Waco, Waco
Major General Angela “Angie” Salinas, United States Marine Corps (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, San Antonio
For additional information, event tickets, or sponsorship opportunities please visit our web site at www.TAMACC.org
The Round Rock Public Library and the SCORE Austin chapter is resuming Biz.ability business workshops for small business owners (or those who are interested in starting their own business) this fall. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
Biz.ability business workshops will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas and will include topics and speakers:
7 Steps to Small Business Marketing Success—March 4, 2016
You started your business because you love doing what you do…and because there are people who truly need your product or service. Not only do they need what you offer, but they are willing to pay a premium for your unique approach to meeting their need. But how do you connect with this “target market” in a way that builds “know, like, and trust” so that they will buy, buy more, and refer you to family and friends? You need a Marketing system!
Presented by Jeff Stec, Principal at Tylerica Systems, LLC, Certified Duct Tape Marketing Consultant, Duct Tape Marketing Total Online PresenceTM Expert and Contributing Author to “Renewable Referrals: How to Cultivate More Profits.”(Workshop attendees will receive a complimentary copy.)
Financial Forecasts and Reporting—March 18, 2016
In this workshop you will learn the basics needed to manage your small business financials. You will see how to forecast sales and expenses; see true start-up costs; discuss profit and loss and pricing; and how to set and use financial benchmarks. This workshop will be led by SCORE volunteer Carleton Smith who has extensive experience as a corporate executive and small business mentor and trainer.
Alternatives for Funding Your Start-up or Growing Your Business—March 25, 2016
In this workshop you will be exposed to options for financing your small business, including start-up and expansion. In addition, you will learn what is needed to qualify for various types of financing. The workshop will address traditional bank lending, SBA lending sources and alternative funding such as micro-lending.
A panel of experts including local banker Rene Flores of First Texas State Bank, and representatives of alternative funding organizations Marco Melendez of People Fund, Arie Muniz of Lift Fund and Darin Thompson of Able Lending, will lead this engaging and informative workshop.
For more details, full list of workshops, and to register, visit here.
Amplify Austin Day is our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24- hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past three years, Amplify Austin has raised over $16.2M for hundreds of local organizations. In 2015, 41 percent of the 44,700 Amplify Austin donations were first time gifts to nonprofit organizations. Together the community raised over $7.7M for over 500 Central Texas nonprofits.
Last year, over 500 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin Day. On March 8-9, 2016, Amplify Austin’s goal is to raise over $9M for more than 600 nonprofits. All of these organizations play an important role in making Central Texas a better place to live. Amplify Austin Day raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of service, and participating donors choosing the nonprofit to benefit from their contributions while connecting with one or more of nonprofit partners to give back to Central Texas! Get ready to amp up the giving on March 8-9, 2016!
Search by nonprofit or keyword to select your organization of choice, here .
Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education (APIE) delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs in reading and math designed to improve student academic performance. APIE’s 1,800 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom Coaching program, students benefit from small group (3:1 or below) instruction from volunteers drawn from more than 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses and community organizations.
In the 2014-15 school year, APIE served 3,300 students through the following programs:
Find out how to get involved, here.
For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year.
The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the 10 communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas:
* Community Leadership and Coordination
* Public Awareness
* Beautification and Community Improvement
* Litter Prevention and Cleanup
* Solid Waste Management
* Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement
While many applications come from cities and towns that are part of the KTB affiliate network, that is not a requirement. The goal is to recognize communities who are working diligently to create and sustain comprehensive environmental and beautification programs.
Why should your community apply?
* Applying for the GCAA creates a written record of your community’s environmental achievements, helpful when applying for grants and state funding.
* Working toward the GCAA brings together various segments of the community, including schoolchildren, adult volunteers and law enforcement, creating a sense of community pride.
* Studies show that a focus on litter prevention and beautification has positive economic effects on the community, reducing crime rates, and increasing tourism and economic development.
For questions or more information, email email@example.com.