Sun 17 Jun 2018 2:41PM

IDEA STARTER: From Hacking For Good at Harvard's i-Lab to #Hack4REGood?

BW Bill Wendel Public Seen by 257

Sent to co-organizer of Hacking for Good at @InnovationLab on 1st anniversary of that event:

Greetings, ___________,

More than a year ago, I received an email from you that the Hacking for Good event had reached capacity and regrettably, would-be participants were being turned away. With that level of interest, I've been waiting for an encore event -- is another is in the pipeline?


As my comments on the event thread below reveal, I was interested in seeding housing & real estate related hacks even if I could not participate. To my great delight, I was invited into the event when some pre-registrants did not show up at the iLab. My teammates were extremely talented and brought fresh perspectives to an hack we called "Transition Bank." I still refer to it as a model of IntentCasting in real estate, and with more collaborators, would gladly develop it further.



FastForward to this year, housing activists and some data savvy city councilors have been planning a hackathon they're calling #SomervilleHousingChallenge to focus on a single problem reflected in this NYTimes article:


Tuesday, 6/19/18, Harvard will livestream their annual State of the Nation's Housing Report, and it will provide an update on a myriad of interrelated regional, national, even international housing problems. Can the tech community help address them? Without a doubt, see idea starters posted over the past year using the hashtag #Hack4REGood.



The National Association of Realtor is planning a real estate hackathon as part of the RETech Summit, 8/28-30 in SF before hosting their first national convention ever in Boston, Nov. 2-5, 2018.


Should we use the opportunity to host a friendly east vs west coast, sustaining vs disruptive innovation competition before #NARinBos18? Open to a single #Hack4REGood akin to your #HackingForGood event last year, or a weekly series of gatherings -- perhaps as an offshoot of Code for Boston.


Finally, the real estate ecosystem is changing, and billions of dollars are flowing into RETech, PropTech, SmartHomes, SmartCities, CivicTech, etc. as they disrupt the industry from different angles. Would you / your team of cofounders like to collaborate on a Hack, unconference or anything else so the emerging real estate ecosystem services consumers and unmet housing needs? You can learn more at:


Bill Wendel