January 30, 2015
GlobalHack, the nonprofit cofounded by Drew Winship and LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano, has officially hired their first Executive Director after a successful first year of operations. Matt Menietti, currently Director of Operations for SixThirty, will be leaving to join GlobalHack full-time starting February 1.
GlobalHack has also announced alongside this news that they will begin evolving the organization’s entire focus to civic-minded projects. To that end, former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has joined GlobalHack’s Advisory Board.
“As GlobalHack transitions towards civic-minded projects and begins planning its first $1M hackathon for 2016, Matt’s extensive experience with Capital Innovators and SixThirty in the greater St. Louis startup scene, along with his non-profit background, makes him an ideal candidate for spearheading GlobalHack’s next steps,” says Winship.
In 2014, each of GlobalHack’s three hackathons attracted hundreds of developers who worked on a single project determined by a title sponsor. The success of these events sparked considerable interest from companies around the country to host further $50,000 company-sponsored hackathons.
However, company-sponsored projects served solely as a means for GlobalHack to fund the events and to provide participants with a real-world customer. Thus, GlobalHack has chosen not to pursue these offers in favor of prioritizing its non-profit mission: to make a positive impact on St. Louis’ tech startup scene.
GlobalHack IV, which will take place June 5 to June 7, 2015 at the T-REX Incubator in downtown St. Louis, will be GlobalHack’s last company-sponsored event featuring LockerDome as the sponsor.
GlobalHack V, to be hosted September 11 to September 13, 2015, will be GlobalHack’s first civic-focused project. GlobalHack’s first $1 million hackathon — also civic-focused — will take place summer 2016.
“I am honored to join GlobalHack as its Executive Director. GlobalHack’s founding team has already done a tremendous job rallying the developer community by putting on top-tier hackathons in St. Louis,” says Menietti. “I’m excited to guide the organization through its next iteration.”
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