AngelHack CEO on Changing the World Through Code
USF’s Sabeen Ali MSOD ’09, the president and CEO of San Francisco-based AngelHack, will be the featured speaker at Change the World Through Code on July 16 — an event for USF alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters at the San Francisco Yacht Club.
Ali plans to discuss how her USF education inspired the holistic values at the heart of AngelHack, which include openness, diversity, and equality. “We use hackathons to work our way into organizations and have conversations about innovation and cooperation,” says the MS in Organizational Development alum. “We want our community to understand and buy into the idea of holistic hacking for the good.”
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Ali sees software as a transformation tool, and founded AngelHack — the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community — to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms, and brands, as a means to promote change and improve the lives of people around the world. AngelHack does that by teaming with corporations to bring together coders to compete in hackathons (computer coding competitions) from Shanghai and São Paulo to Silicon Valley — building websites to drive brand interest and engagement, creating new products and applications, and connecting the best and brightest coders in the field to employers.
Not surprisingly, Ali has USF alums on her staff and regularly hires USF students as interns. “USF is our favorite pool for new hires and interns because we don’t have to explain our values to them. They already embrace them,” Ali says.