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SXSW 2019

Outsmarting Homelessness: 21st Century Solutions

Austin is one of the tech startup capitals of the world, but like many other cities still struggles to find an answer to fighting homeless. In this session, we will explore the innovative initiatives working to combat homelessness. Hearing the Homeless is a nonprofit fighting to humanize the homeless by capturing and sharing powerful stories while crowdfunding to meet needs. The City of Austin is developing blockchain technology to help the homeless protect their identities in the event that their IDs are lost or destroyed. OpenCurrents is a program creating a volunteer currency to encourage civic engagement and Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes has built a progressive community for the homeless to thrive. In this session, we will showcase and discuss these innovative programs.

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  1. Collaboration between programs, institutions, and the community is vital to bridging the gap for homeless individuals to re-enter society.
  2. Civic engagement is crucial to mitigate homelessness. Systems and programs alone will not end homelessness; it will take a community standing together.
  3. Innovative strategies and technological solutions are imperative if we hope to make a dent in combating homelessness in the 21st century.



Kevin Price, Executive Director/Founder, Hearing the Homeless

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Intermediate
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