PrideHacks brings tech to Montréal Pride
Pride celebrations are more than just a party. They’re a statement of community and togetherness, creating and maintaining a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and protecting and promoting a proud history. And each year at Montréal Pride, the minds behind Queer Tech MTL present PrideHacks, bringing the LGBTQ+ tech community (and their allies) together to assist organizations in developing their tech needs with a two day hackathon free of charge in the stately environs of the Fairmont Le Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
A proud diversity
Montréal’s thriving and vibrant LGBTQ+ community is clearly visible across the city, from the oldest and largest Gay Village in North America to the most up-and-coming neighbourhoods all over town. And Montréal’s tech community is one where diversity is key, with organizations like Queer Tech MTL, Lesbians Who Tech and the Queerness and Games Conference all actively building connections and safe spaces in the city’s tech sectors.
Giving back to the community
The bonuses of PrideHacks are multiple – participants can develop and explore their skill-sets in programming and design, while local community organizations can upgrade their tech situations in a mutually beneficial situation that keeps it in the chosen family. Newbies looking to pick up some new tricks from skilled industry professionals also won’t want to miss out in getting involved, and what could be better than helping forward the LGBTQ+ community in the process? To put it simply, PrideHacks is two days of connection and connectivity that makes a true impact on the city and beyond.
Changing the tech face of Montréal
Last year’s participants worked with a number of important Montréal-based organizations in updating and upgrading their tech needs, including AIDS Community Care Montréal (ACCM), Gender Creative Kids, Head & Hands, Helem Montréal, Image+Nation Film Festival and Conseil LGBTQ. A full impact report can be found here, and the 2019 edition promises even bigger results.
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