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6 finalists named in HACK Baltimore-ETC Accelerate Challenge

Six finalists were named Friday for the HACK Baltimore-ETC Accelerate Challenge, the first city-wide tech movement that teams up community advocates, nonprofits, technologists and city residents to design “sustainable” solutions for the challenges affecting Baltimore.

Named finalists were Nneka N’namdi (Environment/Economic Social Justice – Removing Blight), Ben Adams and Skylar Barrowman (Opportunity Transparency), Owen Henry and Joseph Yates (Advocacy Tools as a Public Service), Angel St. Jean (Solving for Economic Equity in Baltimore), Catalina Byrd (Safe & Secure/Safe & Sound) and Rajan Patel and Micky Wolf ([email protected]/Social Entrepreneurship).

In June, HACK Baltimore announced the event developed through a partnership with the ETC. It called for ideas to address challenges in the focus areas of housing, transportation, health & wellness, education, and public safety. More than 20 entries were received.

A team of HACK Baltimore volunteers have been working with the finalists to help them prepare applications for the 2020 AccelerateBaltimore cohort. Those who are accepted into ETC’s Accelerate program will qualify for $50,000 in seed funding funded by the Abell Foundation.

Since 1999, ETC has assisted Baltimore’s technology entrepreneurs through a wide variety of programs, one of which is AccelerateBaltimore. The goal of this Accelerator program is to close the gap between innovative ideas and getting to market by providing seed capital, resources, mentors, potential partners, and a collaborative community.

HACK Baltimore recently engaged in a partnership with Code for Baltimore which will help HACK Baltimore to scale and provide support to more teams with challenge solutions. Code for Baltimore will galvanize teams of technology volunteers, overseeing the “Build” portion of the HB development process, which includes best practices, code quality, and delivering the MVP – minimum viable product.  Those who applied for the Challenge but were not selected as finalists may have an opportunity in the future to work with a team to develop their challenge solution.

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