SOLA/HACK 2017 was held at General Assembly in Downtown L.A. Teams of participants from all over the city gathered and tackled issues from gentrification to food deserts to foster care children, using design thinking to envision innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges. The following are some images of the hackathon.


The Winning Team

Jessica Rahman, Kiana Lowry and Sapphire Dai designed a mobile app called Open Door to help tackled L.A.’s large homeless population. Their app, designed to run on low-cost smart phones available to homeless persons through county services, connects the homeless and/or formerly incarcerated with employers and home listers to help find housing and employment.

Zaneta Smith, Jessica Rahman, Kiana Lowry, Sapphira Dai, and Julian Scaff