Code for the Kingdom hackathon – stirring up debate in the Dallas startup community

The Code for the Kingdom hackathon is underway this weekend at the Addison Treehouse, and while a local hackathon isn’t usually a source of controversy, this particular event has been a topic of debate in our community.

The event kicked off Friday, with a mission of bringing together coders and developers “who are applying their skills and experiences to advance common good and serve God’s Kingdom.”

Hanah Cho with the Dallas Morning News published an article yesterday about the hackathon, and several entrepreneurs in the area shared the article on social media, spurring a debate on what such an event means for the larger community.

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You can read further comments and discussion surrounding the event on social media.

Note that LAUNCH DFW, as a media and events company that supports the local tech and startup community, doesn’t ascribe to any religious or political views — the hackathon is on our community calendar, because it’s about tech and giving opportunities to people who are interested in tech.

The larger discussion within our ecosystem about excluding individuals or groups is, however, one of interest to us. In a time when we are growing rapidly, debates like these are naturally going to pop up. It’s how we learn from them and resolve to work together that will determine our continued growth.
Feel free to continue the discussion below, but any inflammatory comments will be removed.
Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.