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Hack for the Community Event

This past October, ENA had the privilege of sponsoring and participating in Nashville’s “Hack for the Community” event. This program brought together Nashville’s best IT professionals for the singular purpose of building the technological capacity of local nonprofits and developing solutions to community problems. The program’s partners included Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), IT&S, and the Nashville Technology Council.

ENA engineers Daniel Carbone, Nathan Johnson, Niles Ingalls, and Ween Louime participated in the 36-hour event, teaming up with other IT experts to create and build solutions for local nonprofits. “This was a very worthwhile cause,” says Nathan Johnson, ENA R&D engineer. “I’ve done hackathons in the past, but never something like this. This was unique in that it paired technology experts with local nonprofits to help solve identified needs. For example, my team was assigned to support the organization Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. The clients wanted to create a web-based inventory system they could use to track items they loaned out to families in need, such as car seats, baby gates, etc. We worked around the clock to finish a prototype of the solution.”

Daniel Carbone, an ENA R&D engineer, and Niles Ingalls, ENA’s senior systems engineer, worked with the nonprofit group Renewal House, a comprehensive residential recovery program for women with substance-use addictions and their children. “The clients we worked with from Renewal House were amazing,” says Carbone. “They apply for a lot of grants that are rigorous in nature and have stringent compliance requirements. Their team members were using five or six spreadsheets to track all their information. They wanted to create a website where they could house all the information they needed in one place. A few members of my team worked with the clients to map out the entire schema for the database. I helped build the database and got the PHP environment set up. It was a great team effort.”

The Renewal House project ended up placing second at the event, winning the organization $2,000. Daniel and his team members have continued to stay in contact with the nonprofit. “I’ve been doing some additional work for them on the side,” says Carbone. “They have a few things they want to update, and I’m going to be working on that soon. It was a very cool event, and I had a lot of fun.”

Ween Louime, an ENA wireless engineer, echoes the sentiments of his colleagues. “It was great to get involved and gain greater insight into the needs of the nonprofit agencies in our community,” says Louime.

ENA is proud to have had such a strong representation at this year’s event. A big thank you to Niles, Ween, Daniel, Nathan, and all the other volunteers for their hard work and contributions during this year’s event!

Rachel is ENA’s communications manager. As the daughter of two educators, she is passionate about spotlighting and sharing the impressive outcomes being produced in today’s education and library communities.
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