Queer Hack
for social good

Why We're Here

Queer Hack is a not-for-profit organization that aims to harness the immense collective power & skills of queer technologists to bring about social good.

Who We Are

Queer Hack is the brainchild of Teon Brooks and Alex Sayde, two San Francisco-based technologists with a passion for social justice and hacky solutions. You can read more about them below!
Teon Brooks, PhD is a cognitive + data scientist hailing from North Carolina. His research focused on understanding how the brain coordinates eye movements during reading. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University where he develops open-source tools to allow fellow researchers to easily run and freely share their experiments. He is also the Director of Partnerships for March for Science.
Alex Sayde has been in love with computers and technology since he started teaching himself to code at age 11. He has continued this self-study throughout his life, despite pursuing a formal education in history and music composition at Northwestern University. Alex joined Google full-time in 2015 as a PgM in the Cloud organization, where he leads cross-functional projects to better serve Google’s SMB customers. He devotes “20% time” to outreach with various non-profits and serves on his local neighborhood association board in SF.

What We Do

We have a two-pronged approach for solving technical problems in the social justice world. Some needs are better met with short-term action, while others benefit more from sustained engagement.

Queer Hack Days

Queer Hack Days are a concentrated effort to rapidly design & prototype a product or solution to a problem. Folks from across disciplines -- engineering, design, data science, marketing, etc. -- get together for a short period, usually 1-3 days, to tackle a problem in small teams.
We are currently planning Queer Hack’s inaugural Queer Hack Day, to take place in early 2018. Stay tuned for updates!
If you have a technical problem that you think might be well addressed by a sprint, please let us know.

Client Engagements

Some problems require deeper engagement with a beneficiary organization than a Queer Hack Day can provide. To that end, Queer Hack partners with selected organizations for quarter-long client engagements.
Typically this involves assembling a team of 4-5 technologists who meet with the client to scope out a project, with ongoing dialogue over the course of a quarter as the team executes on an agreed-upon deliverable.
We are currently accepting applications for client engagements. If your organization has technical needs or a vision for a product that could change your operations for the better, please don’t hesitate to apply.

Get Involved

Are you a queer technologist with skills in any of the following areas? If so, we’d love to get you involved with our project work!

  • Software development (front-end & back-end)
  • Data science
  • Web design
  • Marketing
  • Program/project management

We are always looking for great queer talent. If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out this form!

Apply for Support

If you work with or run a social justice-focused non profit and you have technical needs you’d like our help with, please let us know!

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