On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Impact Makers participated in the first-ever White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon (#WHFosterYouth and #HackFosterCare) in Washington, DC.
The White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Think of Us hosted this event during National Foster Care Month. This inaugural hackathon 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 to discuss innovative approaches to improving the foster care system through the use of technology and best practices.
Matt Arnone, a Senior Consultant with !m’s Digital Practice, joined Vida Williams and her team from Axis Partners to mentor seven teams from across the US and Europe – including teams representing StackOverflow, Slack, Microsoft DC, and Presidential Innovation Fellows – to “hack” seven critical issues in child welfare in order to create powerful 21st century solutions to solve some of foster care’s most pressing issues. Given a 24-hour time period, each team pursued innovative solutions to specific critical challenges that will improve the lives of youth and families in the foster care system, prevent more young people from entering the system, and create better outcomes for those who age out of the system.