A Hackathon is an event in which coders, hackers, and developers meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. For 24 hours the teams come up with creative tech solutions to problems they are assigned. Think of Us brings that concept one step further by being more inclusive with our hackers. We invite not only the tech sectors, but also the social workers, foster parents, and most importantly, the foster youth.
#HACKFOSTERCARE is a movement that infuses the tech field into the foster care system by bringing new innovated solutions and technologies to help us
hack the system.
OCTORBER 29th-30th 2017
Think of Us has partnered with Nebraska for Children and Families Foundation to bring the Think of Us Platform to young people from the Omaha area. This past October, current area foster youth and alumni came together with social services staff and technology experts for two days of dialogue, collaboration, and collective problem-solving to better understand the issues young people experience in this region. The Think of Us team then began using the outcomes of these sessions into an adaptable system designed to help young people advocate for themselves and shape the future of foster care.
APRIL 28th-29th 2017
HackFosterCareLA has brought together leaders from Los Angeles' tech and child welfare sectors for two days of compelling dialogue, inspiration, and problem-solving, leveraging technology to ensure foster families & caregivers help children heal, develop and thrive.
FEBRUARY 27th-28th 2017
The Hack Foster Care Summit brings together technology companies, government agencies, non-profits, and foster youth advocates to focus on three goals in support of foster youth. Foster youth are an untapped source of talent for the technology economy, yet too many of them never realize their potential because the system is failing them.
DECEMBER 3rd-4th 2016
The NYC Foster Care Technology & Policy Hackathon was a two-day event @ eBay New York, focused on developing innovative tech solutions like smartphone apps, social networking tools, and engaging digital resources. At the same time, youth took the lead and identified ways to transform foster care policies.
MAY 26th-27th 2016
The White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Think of Us hosted the first ever White House foster care and technology hackathon. This two-day long event during National Foster Care Month. The two-day long event brought together child welfare leaders, non-profit organizations, philanthropies, attorneys and foster care families and alumni, as well as engineers, technologists and other leaders from the technology sector. At the convening, they discussed ways to improve our foster care system through the use of technology and highlight best practices. Additionally, those involved with child welfare had the opportunity to team up with technology experts to “hack” challenges in child welfare and explore 21st century solutions.