On April 27th, I participated in the 2018 SOLA/HACK design hackathon for South LA. Our overall goal was to apply design and systems thinking to the challenges facing the local South LA community, resulting in a prototype or a pitch for a solution. We had five hours to accomplish this.
There are many issues facing South LA, but the ones my team and I resonated with most were the current food desert status, the rise in housing costs leading to homelessness, and the rampant gentrification.
Our challenge then was: how might we empower communities so they may secure affordable housing, food and financial stability?