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Geeked Memphis Announces Hackathon Series for Underserved Communities

Geeked Memphis launched earlier this year to grow inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship in Memphis. Now, the nonprofit moves forward on fulfilling its mission by announcing a formal partnership with Atlanta-based Goodie Nation to bring its globally-recognized programming to Memphis. The new event series, Goodie Ideation+ and Goodie Hack, will take place annually in Memphis to develop innovative, tech-based solutions addressing social challenges faced by underserved communities.

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Photos by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. for To Speak No Evil

This year’s theme: Tackling recidivism. The challenge: What tech-based tools and resources can Memphis develop to help the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society and thrive? On June 18th, Geeked Memphis, in partnership with Goodie Nation and Just City will host Goodie Ideation+ 2016 to explore how tech can be leveraged to impact the issue.

“Developing tech-based solutions around social problems makes these types of events more accessible for folks who may not have attended, or even heard of, ‘ a hackathon’ previously. We need people of all backgrounds in the room on June 18th, because the issue we’re addressing affects us all on some level, and we all have a role to play in building the solution.” — Brit Fitzpatrick, Founder, Geeked Memphis


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Photos by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. for To Speak No Evil

This year’s Goodie Ideation+ will take place at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, June 18th from 9am-9pm. During the first half of the event, entrepreneurs will serve as mentors guiding each team through breaking down the problem into manageable pieces, deep examination, and then devising bold solutions. During the second half of the event, teams will work with developers to build prototypes and with their mentors to build their first pitch deck. At the end of the event, each team will pitch their ideas and prototypes to the Goodie Ideation+ attendees.


Memphis is a great city. We see a bunch of passionate people who want to make a change. More importantly, we see Memphis as a major “inflection point” for several states in the South. Meaning that solving problems there can serve as a model for other cities not only in Tennessee, but also Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kentucky. Memphis can make a huge contribution to social impact just like it has done with music…and BBQ. — Joey Womack, Founder, Goodie Nation

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Photos by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. for To Speak No Evil

Goodie Ideation+ is sponsored by Just City and the National Civil Right Museum. Community partners include the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Re-entry, Leadership Memphis, and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office.

Memphis has a large number of people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, and each of them knows how difficult it can be to break free from that system, even after just one contact. This event will introduce new and creative techniques for finding solutions to a problem that costs our community untold lives and dollars. We will never realize our vision of a smarter, smaller and more equitable criminal justice system without exploring these problems differently. Geeked Memphis has given us a perfect opportunity to do that on June 18th.” – Josh Spickler, Just City

Visit the Goodie Ideation+ 2016 event page to learn more and register.

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