Loyola to present ‘Hackcess to Justice’
Loyola University, the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association will present a social-justice “hackathon” Saturday and Sunday.
Called “Hackcess to Justice Louisiana 2015: A Social Justice Hackathon,” the event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Loyola’s College of Law, 526 Pine St.
Entrepreneurs, coders and developers will compete for prize money by working with the legal community to develop technology that would increase access to the civil justice system for Louisiana citizens who are unable to afford lawyers.
The hackathon, part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, is designed to make information about services more readily available and give Louisiana’s underfunded legal aid providers better ways to serve the population.
Anyone may enter, but to be eligible for a prize, participants must have a valid Social Security number. First-place winners will get $1,500, second place is worth $1,000 and third place will get $500.
Submissions must address needs of the state’s legal aid community by using technology, while keeping in mind the more general goal of ensuring broader access to justice. Submissions can be anything that is technology-enabled, including an app, a website, a code or software.
For information, visit http://hackcesstojusticenola.challengepost.com
Author Jesmyn Ward to give Tulane lecture
Jesmyn Ward, a National Book Award-winning author and associate professor at Tulane University, will give the fourth annual Distinguished Frey Lecture on Thursday.
She will speak at 7 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane’s Uptown campus, with a reception and book signing to follow. The talk is free and open to the public.
Ward will speak about how literature and race intersect and how her work has been shaped by storytelling and family traditions.
“I will talk about what it was like to grow up with stories that reflected the racism and sexism and poverty that I saw around me and what that taught and continues to teach me about what it means to be a writer who writes about the black experience in the American South,” Ward said.
Ward won the National Book Award in 2011 for her best-selling novel, “Salvage the Bones.” Her most recent work, the memoir “Men We Reaped,” was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by such media outlets as The New York Times, NPR and Time magazine.
The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane sponsors the annual lecture in honor of Tulane historian Sylvia Frey.
Delgado holds digital media camp
The Continuing Education program at Delgado Community College will present an expanded series of “DigiCamps” — digital media summer camps — for young people this summer.
The camps provide hands-on fun, enrichment and education. They are designed for three age ranges: 8 to 11, 12 to 15 and 12 to 18.
Topics include 3D animation, video game design, Minecraft modding, Lego robotronics, iPhone game development and more. No prior experience is necessary other than basic familiarity with computers.
The camp sessions last three days each and are available in June, July and August.
Tuition is $225 for half-day camps and $375 for full-day camps. Students can register for as many as they like.
Delgado to host Entrepreneur Week
Delgado Community College invites the public to participate in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week events scheduled for March 24-26 at the City Park campus, 615 City Park Ave.
On March 24, the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Trolley will transport community members between the campus and the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Resource Alley on Fulton Street. The trolley will run on the half hour, starting at 10 a.m. at the City Park campus. The last trip will leave from Resource Alley at 3 p.m.
On March 25, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour will visit the college from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to expose students and community members to entrepreneurial opportunities. The tour has hosted more than 500 entrepreneurship events in 35 states since its launch in 2006.
Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour participants may register at www.extremetour.org/delgado.
On March 26, the Delgado Student Marketplace will take place on the college’s front lawn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student businesses will sell jewelry, plants, desserts, vintage clothing, landscaping, massages and more. Delgado students are able to test prototypes, estimate market demand for products and get feedback by featuring them at a market-style bazaar.