Hack to End Homelessness, May 3-4, 2014: Let the "Hacking" Begin!

On Saturday morning, non-profit partners pitched their projects and mingled with techies, storytellers, data analysts (and visualizers), designers and web developers. Their hope was to build teams that would work on solving problems related to homelessness in Seattle for the rest of the weekend.


  1. After an inspiring kickoff with the "@home" screening the night before, we were ready to get to work Saturday morning! We also made a hashtag change from #hack2end to #h2eh which would continue for the rest of the weekend. 
  2. The Hack to End team was looking forward to the arrival of all participants and project pitches! 
  3. Hackathon organizer Ethan Phelps-Goodman kicks things off.
  4. Nonprofit partners began explaining their projects and skillsets they needed during the weekend to complete their goals during an informal "icebreaker" of introductions before the official pitches. 
  5. And then the nonprofits started the official pitches! First up: Committee to End Homelessness in King County! Mark Putnam and Anand Balasubrahmanyan give the pitch.
  6. Erin Murphy from Firesteel (YWCA) explains that her project pitch is to create a better way to advocate for Housing Trust Fund.