Former CEO, Calistoga Pharmaceuticals
Chair, Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute; Co-director, Center for Physiological Proteomics, The Scripps Research Institute
Professor of Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin
Managing Director, D.E. Shaw and Co., L.P.
From the event site:
“A weekend hackathon bringing together creative individuals who are passionate about using technology to build Web content or mobile products that can create meaningful social change for the transgender community.
WHY A HACKATHON FOCUSED ON THE TRANS COMMUNITY?
Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.”