MIT Hacking Racism is a free STEM national hackathon competition that brings together students and professionals from all backgrounds and skills to eradicate racism through technology solutions, community activism, and policy.
Oct 16 - 18th, across 48 hours, groups will work rigorously to conceive an idea and develop it through the engineering process during the MIT Hacking Racism Challenge. Participants will create the change they want to see and showcase to over 60 partners including JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, United Healthcare, The Advisory Board, PGA Golf, National Society of Black Engineers, National African American Association of Honors Program, HBCU Wall Street, CodeClear, University of Maryland, DC Mayor's Office, Forbes the Culture and NFTE!
Students and professionals will work in teams of 3-5 to create a tech product, community project, or policy to help prevent racism. There will be a Facebook group to help facilitate teams. We also have a special #BattleoftheBrands competition for #BlackTechMatters teams to compete (HBCUs, Divine 9, NSBE, Envision Centers, etc).
At the end of the weekend, judges will select the winners who will receive prizes and follow on support to help commercialize their ideas.
How to enter?
- Complete our free, easy application at HackingRacism.mit.edu
- All backgrounds, majors, classes, and skills welcome.
What's the prize?
- Acceptance into #BlackTechMatters Pre-Accelerator powered by MIT
- Ongoing mentors, education, and resources
- Monthly presentations to investors
- Invitation to quarterly conferences
- Showcase at SXSW with MIT and #BlackTechMatters
Why is this so important?
1. This is a life changing opportunity for students. We have 7 tracks so there will be many winners. 6 months from winning students could possibly have their outcome funded with $100k of investment or more. They will have a lifetime relationship with MIT, #BlackTechMatters, and many partners.
2. We need to break the Digital Divide and the Wealth Gap. This initiative accomplishes both. Every participant does not need to know how to code. We should be training our students to have critical problem-solving skills to invent and create new solutions. They do not have to have a tech background nor know how to code to be a creator or inventor. At the same time, we should encourage students towards learning to code and build business to help accelerate closing our gaps.