What is Hack Homelessness?1
Design Thinking-Based Course Taught at UC Hastings Law
Classes were taught in conjunction with governmental and non-governmental homeless service providers, housing policy advocates, engineers and design thinkers. The course did a dive deep into the legal issues driving housing insecurity in the Bay Area, which included insufficient tenant protections, a lack of affordable housing, and limited access to supportive services.2
Virtual Design Challenge/Hackathon
The challenges identified in the course were tackled by teams of lawyers, developers, designers, builders and thinkers with the objective of finding a technology and design solution for each challenge over the course of a week (October 30 - November 6, 2021), with final presentations held on November 6.3
In the Bay Area, one of the richest regions in the world, thousands of people struggle with housing insecurity. Many of the most vulnerable live without shelter in the Tenderloin, the neighborhood surrounding UC Hastings Law School. We would like to contribute our legal expertise and other resources to address the issue of housing insecurity in the Bay Area. Hack Homelessness will bring together lawyers, developers, designers, builders and thinkers with the objective of finding technology solutions to some of the most pressing legal issues driving housing insecurity in the Bay Area, including insufficient tenant protections, a lack of affordable housing, and limited access to support services.
Attend the Showcase
Interested to see how our teams spend the week innovating? Watch them present their solutions to a variety of legal issues related to housing insecurity, including eviction, zoning, insufficient tenant protections, and access to support service to a panel of judges on November 6. Register here.
Hack Homelessness 2020
What can I expect from the Hackathon? Check out these recordings of HH 2020 to get an idea!
Hack Homelessness Opening Session
November 8, 2020
To kick off the 2020 edition of the Hack Homelessness design challenge, the LexLab team hosted an opening session to introduce the hackathon, describe the resources and mentorship available throughout the week, and begin the team formation process. UC Hastings students led breakout room discussions in four broad topic areas: eviction, NIMBYism, stolen belongings, and zoning.
Hack Homelessness Design Challenge Showcase
November 14, 2020
Six teams from Hack Homelessness 2020 presented the solutions that they had been creating throughout the entire week in front of a panel of four judges. Before the final presentations, LexLab hosted a Keynote and Q&A Session with Justice Louis Mauro, Associate Justice on the Third District Court of Appeal and Chair of the Work Group on Homelessness.
Code of Conduct
Hack Homelessness is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion]. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.