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Geekdom and Codeup joined forces to host the second Veterans Codeathon here in San Antonio powered by CivTechSA on May 21st-23rd. All ticket sales were donated to the Texas Veterans Network, and USAA sponsored the prize money totaling $5,000.
Over the course of the weekend, We engaged with coders, designers, and tech experts in the area to build something extraordinary to improve the quality of life for our active-duty military members, veterans, and their spouses.
Two of the challenges, Veteran Wholesale and Community Wellness, were selected and worked on by our four teams. A panel of City department leads and local tech community leaders were selected to judge the projects and select the winners. USAA also chose a favorite based on the project’s social impact to the local veteran community.
How do we create a network of social and health resources for the veteran community? (i.e gym buddies, baby-sitters, support groups, wellness education, etc).
How do we help those exiting the military identify and translate their workforce skills and experience into civilian career pathways?
How do we find a way to list veteran discounts, perks, specials that San Antonio businesses offer? This would help veterans and encourage local businesses to offer more discounts.
How do we connect local veteran owned businesses to potential customers/suppliers to create a network to support each other businesses (ex. I build houses and would like to buy my lumber from a fellow veteran).
First Place- Veteran Connect
Second Place- VOSB Connection
Third Place and USAA Favorite- Help Tank