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Anil commented on www.TinyHackerHouse.com - The race to innovate

HI Ashley, Thanks for supporting the campaign and great question.
We're living in an era where 'everything' is open for being 'hacked' (reverse-engineered) from the way we live our lives, to the way we work and the communities we belong to.
As an advocate for hackathons, many perceive they are only for developers. But I've been experimenting with this as an inclusive framework for people to identify, express, build cohesive teams and lead the changes they wish to see in the world.
Part of the process is deciding on a theme that engages diverse communities. Identifying non-profit partners that are part of the ecosystem and reaching out to the various associations inviting their communities to participate.
Leaders pitch ideas, Designers/Hackers/Makers/Hustlers (Business/Marketing) join the projects they would like to support and they collaborate over a week/end to hash out a prototype to present to a panel of judges. This allows underserved individuals to develop their communication skills by voicing their problems/solutions. Build relationships with teammates through collaboration and connect with industry experts through judging through a lean and efficient process.
Some examples of experiments can be seen at www.tinyhackerhouse.com, there's a lot of content hidden in the site so might require some digging at the moment. Hope this answers your question.

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Anil commented on www.TinyHackerHouse.com - The race to innovate

Thank you for supporting Marnie. Yes i've been connecting with local business through Austin Resource Recovery researching waste materials and exploring processes to reuse these materials into our system, also helping the city to reach our zero waste goals by 2030.

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Anil commented on www.TinyHackerHouse.com - The race to innovate

Thanks Lesa for the kind words, appreciate your thoughts and insight in addition to spearheading the Austin community. Thanks for pushing me to enter this challenge. See you soon. :)