The social justice tech event Trans* H4CK will take place in Chicago and feature a hackathon as well as a speaker series that includes advocate, game critic, and co-founder of GQCon Mattie Brice. It will be co-sponsored by the Trans 100, an annual list that honors leaders in the transgender community. Actress and advocate Laverne Cox and Kye Allums, athlete and founder of Project I Am Enough, will deliver keynote addresses this year.
"Trans* H4CK radically shifts the ways trans people live by creating technology that economically empowers, improves access to social services, promotes gender safety and community sustainability, while bringing visibility to trans* led startups," according to a statement released by Trans 100 and Trans* H4CK.
Projects will be presented at the hackathon to a panel made up of judges from Chicago's tech and trans communities, and the winning projects will receive a cash prize. Participants will also have a chance to hang out at a mixer and at a fireside chat with Mattie Brice. On March 30, the Trans 100 Life Event will take place at Mayne Stage; the second annual list, as well as the winning projects from Trans* H4CK, will be presented.
"Considering that Trans* H4CK focuses on creating technology for trans* people with the input of trans* people, it makes sense to partner with the Trans 100 in an effort to further highlight transgender activists that are changing the world for the better," said Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, founder of Trans* H4CK, in a statement.
Jen Richards, co-director of Trans 100, added, "The Trans 100 and Trans H4CK are both projects born out of community needs, started and run by individuals who wanted to foster change through positive action. We couldn't think of a better partner to create a destination worthy weekend of activities celebrating the full capacity of the trans population."