Hack4Equality Winners and Recap

Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest, announced the winners of their seven-week hackathon, Hack4Equality, this past week.

Grand Prize Winner:  

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  • LooBot, created by Vicc Alexander and Marlon Lopez, is an SMS bot that connects those without wifi-access to gender-neutral restrooms and charging outlets nearby simply by sending a text to (424) 785-2026. The concept also won the LGBTQ Homelessness category prize.

 

 

 

 

 

Runner-Up:

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  • Kristening.me, created by Janet Jeffus and Alice Radulski, is an app that simplifies transgender name and identity change documentation. The concept also won the Transgender Visibility and Economic Empowerment category

 

 

 

 

 

“Nothing beats building something for fun, while knowing that you can potentially improve the lives of millions of individuals,” said winner Vicc Alexander of LooBot. “We really hope more companies and cities around the world take a page out of Grindr’s book and make it their mission to host Hackathons and events that bring together people from all walks of life, and help foster creative solutions to real problems.”

For the past seven weeks close to 300 developers, designers and advocates were aided by open data from The White House’s Opportunity Project to build innovative apps that tackle various issues facing the LGBTQ community.

“It takes an idea and some passion to effect change,” said Grindr Founder and CEO, Joel Simkhai. “I am so grateful to all of the Hack4Equality participants and pleased to provide them with an opportunity to change the world as well as help the LGBTQ community become more accepted globally.”

Additional winners include:

  • LGBT International Issues category winners: SpeakOut is a political advocacy platform that empowers citizens to share their personal stories and see the personal stories of others who are impacted by LGBT legislation. Through the app, it amplifies the user voices and also encourages them to contact their elected representatives. Developed by Chun-Wei Chen and Leonard Hyman.
  • Access to Sexual Health Services & PrEP category winners: HeyBud is an AI and Human powered chat bot that answers sexually related questions, present users with access to health-related resources and automate complex on-boarding paperwork/processes required for health treatment, developed by Savalas Colbert and Eddie Aguilar.

For more information visit Hack4Equality.com.

 

Devices

How We Grind the Vote

The results of our voting survey have arrived just in time for Voter Registration Day. Scroll down to see how Grindr users choose so hard.

And if you haven’t already….REGISTER TO VOTE NOW. Seriously, we’re not into waiting.

NOTE: This survey was conducted BEFORE the debate on 9/26.

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Photographer Matt Lambert is looking.

Grindr is partnering with photographer Matt Lambert to cast for a one of a kind photoshoot. unnamed
We’re looking for real Grindr users who are open minded and bold with an edge who want to take part in a highly creative project. All models will be paid and you must be comfortable with nudity.

The photoshoot is taking place in Orlando on Tuesday September 27th and Wednesday September 28th. We will not provide airfare or work visas for this project.

Please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Name, age, contact, time availability, and a recent clear image of your face and full body. If the photographer is interested, he’ll contact you via email.

Please visit http://dielamb.com/ to see the artist’s work.

We look forward to seeing you.

About That Daily Beast Article

We were shocked (and pretty mad) to read an article about a journalist using Grindr to bait and inadvertently out gay athletes in Rio. Not cool. It showed a total disregard by the journalist and the Daily Beast for the discretion and safety of these athletes during one of the most important moments in their careers. These guys deserve a spotlight on their talents, not their sexual orientations. In instances like this, the account would be immediately banned.

We have always considered Grindr a safe space for the gay world. And while everyone is welcome to hang, it is with the understanding that this is a community, not a novelty for reporters to troll. And hey, if you’re that curious about how guys meet each other online….maybe you should write an article about your own sexuality, not someone else’s.

Grindr and Ren Hang want your look.

Break out of the grid and get in front of our camera.

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We’re partnering with Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang to cast for a one of a kind photoshoot. We’re looking for Asian Grindr users who are open minded, curious, not afraid of breaking boundaries and want to take part in a highly creative project. All models will be paid. 

The city of the photoshoot is currently open. We will not provide airfare or work visas for this project. The date of the photoshoot is in August 2016. 

Please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Name, age, height, weight, contact, time availability, your location in August (city, country, etc.) and a recent clear image of your face and full body. If the photographer is interested, he’ll contact you via email.

Please visit www.renhang.org to see the artist’s work.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

Grindr 与来自北京的摄影师任航正一同甄选平面拍摄模特。我们寻找思想开放、拥有好奇心、 敢于挑战界限,并对创意感兴趣的亚洲男性( 不局限于专业模特)。我们提供模特拍摄酬劳。

拍摄城市目前待定。该项目不提供旅行费用和签证。拍摄日期在2016年8月期间以内。

请将您的姓名、年龄、身高、体重、联系方式、可拍摄日期与时间、8月所在国家与城市、近期清晰头像照及全身照, 发送到:[email protected]

如果摄影师认为你是个合适的拍摄人选,他会以邮件的方式跟你联系。

更多作品参考:www.renhang.org

谢谢!!