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SXSW Interactive 2016

Why Technology is Key in Ending Homelessness

Technology is often perceived as a luxury item in the context of the latest smartphone or slimmest laptop. But thinking about all technology as only a luxury is dangerous. Such a mindset masks the foundational elements of these items that are essential to everyday life: access to information and communications. Even as technology becomes ubiquitous across the United States, what isn’t always universal is access to that technology. Barriers to access prevent people from escaping homelessness and moving out of poverty. This session will explore how technology plays a role in homelessness - and where technologists can play a role in creating accessible information for low-income neighbors.

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  1. Why do a homeless people have cell phones?
  2. When does access to technology become critical for a homeless person to be housed?
  3. What can I do as a technologists to help end homelessness?


  • Meghan Murphy, Head of Marketing and Community, HandUp.org


Meghan Murphy, Head of Mktg & Community, HandUp.org

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  • Tags: sxgood, homeless, poverty
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Global Good
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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