BE Smart: Student Dream ‘Blhackathon’ Applies Innovation to Solve Black America’s Challenges

Eight teams create apps to improve education, healthy eating and business funding

(Image: Erick Urgiles)

I recently had the distinct honor to serve as a judge for Student Dream’s Blhackathon, the first ever Black History Month hackathon in which participants were invited to celebrate the history of black innovation while achieving some milestones of their own. The intent of Student Dream, a nonprofit that trains college students of color to launch startups, was to encourage the creation of ventures that would extend beyond that celebratory month and challenge contestants — roughly between the ages of 19 and 25 — to devise lasting solutions to persistent problems facing the African American community. My fellow judges and I discovered a series of powerful, tech-driven concepts by an eclectic, enterprising group of innovators.

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