Mayor Greg Fischer is calling upon Louisville’s tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and creative problem solvers to help address the challenges local organizations are facing due to COVID-19.The group will unite for Louisville’s first virtual hackathon, sponsored by Microsoft’s Future of Work Initiative and Humana. The event is organized in partnership with Louisville Metro Government, KentuckianaWorks, Humana, Microsoft’s Future of Work Initiative and Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP).

“As a former entrepreneur, I know how lucky we are as a city to have some of the most innovative minds in the world who continually rise to the occasion of creative and innovative problem solving,” said Mayor Fischer. “Now more than ever, we need to rise to the challenge to show this virus that we are prepared to fight back. How can we help our small businesses, our places of worship or our kids? These are just some of the challenges we need to tackle.”

Starting Wednesday, May 6, any local organization can submit a problem they are encountering as a result of COVID-19 with a description of its impact. Those problems will be shared publicly on the Lift Up Lou website and through social media @LiftUpLou, and community members will have the opportunity to lend their unique ideas and talents to solve them. Hackathon volunteers will work in small groups to develop their solutions over three to five days and will then present them via a live Facebook event.

“Building a culture of connectivity, inclusion, and community support are at the core of what LEAP provides,” said Larry Horn, Executive Director, LEAP.“We are excited about coming together with the other great community partners to support non-profit organizations that are being devastated by COVID-19. We’re confident that the founders and innovators of our community will continue to rise to the challenge of providing unique solutions to complicated issues that will benefit our city.”

The virtual hackathon is not limited to software programmers or tech experts. Any community member with a strong desire to work with others to help solve problems is encouraged to participate.

Organizations can submit a problem or project idea here. 

Problem Solving Volunteers can sign-up to help here.