Transdisciplinary teams will work together to develop potential solutions to cyberbullying

Transdisciplinary teams will work together to develop potential solutions to cyberbullying Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cyberbullying can lead to unsafe or hurtful online exchanges
Cyberbullying can lead to unsafe or hurtful online exchanges

#HackUNL is a 24-hour hackathon hosted by UNL and Hack Harassment which works to build a better online community. Teams will work together to develop potential solutions to cyberbullying. Gabby Frost will be the event’s keynote speaker at 5 P.M. on April 14th, which is when the event begins. After her speech, participants will meet one another and think of ideas to work on, which they will start the next morning at 8 A.M. The next day at 11 A.M., the groups will present their ideas to judges, and the winners will receive a grand prize package that includes an Amazon Echo Dot and Bluetooth speakers.

 The event will bring together mental health and tech experts and the community. Anyone 18+ can register, but there is a limit of 80 participants. The event is coordinated by Raul Palacios, a school psychology doctoral student who hopes that the meshing of a variety of different people will result in creative problem-solving. He admits that school psychologists, are not “techies,” but that they do enjoy solving problems, which is what HackUNL is all about. The hope is that the event creates an easily-accessible product for someone seeking immediate help from unsafe or hurtful online exchanges. The event is to have fun and raise awareness surrounding the issue, and if there end up being helpful solutions, that’s even better. Palacios works as a campus ambassador for Hack Harassment and is helping raise awareness about online harassment and the Hack Harassment coalition.

Susan Swearer, Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology and chair of the research advisory board at Born This Way Foundation, says that they have supporters, but they are not very well-known, and they want people to get help before they start having suicidal thoughts. 

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