ACT UP New York — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — is a diverse non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. And we need you!
Join us for a two-day hackathon over National Coming Out Day Weekend (Saturday, 10.12.13 & Sunday, 10.13.13) and help guide ACT UP/NY into the digital age by loaning us your ample design, research, and copy writing/editing skills.
We'll feed your body (with actual food [breakfast and lunch with be provided on both days]), your mind (with our knowledge of the current state of the local and global HIV/AIDS crisis), and your soul (by giving you an opportunity to assist in the fight to end AIDS). Everybody wins!
We have a few small projects that members of ACT UP/DAWG (the Digital Activism Working Group) & ACT UP/PHAG (the Prevention of HIV Action Group) will supervise, but will largely put in your hands to realize, over the course of the two-day weekend hack.
Activists, designers, students, writers, engineers, librarians, doctors, students, lawyers, researchers, musicians, coders, whatever you self-identify as ... trust us ... you belong.
You don't need to know how to code or design and you don't need to know anything about current HIV/AIDS medical breakthroughs or policy. All you need is a good attitude and the time to commit to the group, so please plan to be at the hackathon the entire time. Otherwise, all are welcome!
To get some background on who we are, check out the Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" and/or "United in Anger: A History of ACT UP". And, of course, feel free to have a look at our Website / Like our Facebook Page / Follow Us on Twitter.
What is a hackathon? I'm not signing up for anything illegal am I?
Not at all. A hackathon is a coming together of people with varied skill sets to work on a project or projects that an individual or smaller group couldn't do on their own in a short amount of time. Still not sure? Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No and definitely not; all are welcome!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Street parking is a gamble, but available; there are bike racks in front of the center and citibike has stations on both W13th & 7th and W13th & Greenwich; and, of course, you can take the L or 1/2/3 trains to W14th and walk from there to The Center.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Your skills, your awesome personality, your laptop (if you have one and it would add to what you're able to bring to the group), and a willingness and eagerness to work with people from across the HIV/AIDS Activism spectrum.
Please Leave at the Door:
Any preconceived notions about what HIV/AIDS activism looks, feels, or sounds like.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Send us a message via our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/actupny
Do I have to bring my Printed Ticket or an eTicket to the event?
It would be helpful, but is not necessary.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
It would be helpful (especially because we'll be making everyone nametags), but, again, is not necessary.