Presented at Texas Southern University, The Urban Code allows college students the ability to gain experience in working on solutions in a collaborative team environment. The call for Millennials to get off the sidelines continues to increase as the need for social changes become more apparent. The Urban Code will help facilitate this issue by giving Millennials direct access to creating a positive change in their community.
A collective of organizations including the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP), Houston Area Urban League, 100 Black Men, Collegiate 100, and Fade Media, will host the Urban Code. Urban Code is a series of events using technology to implement social change and solutions in the Houston area. The Urban Code will provide students an introduction to using their skills sets to solve real world challenges. The concept will be implemented into three event phases, Plan, Develop, and Design.
The foundation of The Urban Code is a three day hackathon event. A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and community subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.
PLAN (February 7, 2017):
The Urban Code begins with a think tank presented by Fade Media, LLC and hosted by the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals. The Plan event will introduce and discuss the issue of Juvenile Justice reform in the Houston community. Attendees will brainstorm on ways to improve this issue using by technology. Experience the effects of the juvenile system, with the interactive Virtual Reality experience presented by Twice Media Productions, LLC.
DEVELOP (February 17-19, 2017):
Sponsored by the Houston Area Urban League, The Urban Code will host a hackathon at Texas Southern University. The top concepts from the Plan event will be presented to an audience of developers, designers, and non-tech professionals. The attendees split into teams and work against a 48-hour window of time on proof of concepts. At the end, all teams present their projects to a panel of industry experts, Houston Area Urban League, Tech Companies, and leaders in the Justice community. The winning concept will now have the opportunity to be implemented to directly improve Juvenile Justice reform in the city of Houston.
DESIGN (April 29, 2017):
Sponsored by a grant from Best Buy, the final event phase will focus on branding the project that won the hackathon. Inviting the youth to get involved in social change, 15-18 year olds will help design the user interface and website for the winning project. The objective is to introduce careers in tech and design by training them to build a website and design components to help improve their community.
We are seeking participants, volunteers, and sponsors for this innovating event. Visit www.theurbancode.net to register today.