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May 14, 2015 2:48 pm

Calling all technologists: Help social justice orgs build a better Baltimore

The three-day #Hack4Baltimore hackathon kicks off Friday.

A student working on an Oculus Rift hack at Bitcamp.

(Photo via Twitter)

Taija Thomas spent much of her childhood in West Baltimore. She can identify with those who were protesting police brutality in the case of Freddie Gray, and calling for change during #BaltimoreUprising.

“The struggles that many of the protestors are voicing are my own,” Thomas said in an email.

Taija Thomas. (Via LinkedIn)

Taija Thomas. (Via LinkedIn)

As an organizer in the local tech community who wants to create opportunity for others, Thomas’ response to the unrest is an effort to connect technologists with those who are already working to make change happen.

The three-day #Hack4Baltimore event will put devs and nonprofits in groups to come up with solutions that help create social impact. The event will be held May 15-17 at Real News Network.

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Registration is free. Organizers are accepting volunteers for instructors, developer/creatives, nonprofits and community members.

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“Non-profit funding difficulties often impede organizational growth,” Thomas wrote. “Although wider access to technology has undoubtedly furthered the fight to end social injustice, more can be done. There are LOTS of organizations in Baltimore City that foster noble causes and need new technology but do not have the money to pay a firm thousands of dollars for the work.”

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