Impact of the Hip Hop Hackathon

What is the impact you going to make?

We are looking to measure three things from Hip Hop Hackathon participants.

  1. Those hackathon participants that go on to pursue tech certifications
  2. Those hackathon participants that go on to pursue tech careers
  3. Those hackathon that get new tech skills and increase their wages and/or job position

Data 360's past training programs have helped

its trainees get jobs at the above companies.

As a Google partner, Data 360 can also guide all participants for certification with Google in IT Support, Project Management, UX Design, and Data Analytics. These certificates are flexible training designed to put you on the fast track to jobs in high growth fields.

The program includes connections to get your foot in the door with over 150 top employers through the Google Employer Consortium including Cognizant, T-Mobile, NTT Data, Qualtrics, Wal-Mart, Spectrum, Accenture, Best Buy, Target, Smuckers, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Bvlugari, Snap, Nasdaq, Verizon, SAP, Coursera, Bayer, Wayfair, Infosys, Google and many, many others.

About Us
Who is behind Hip Hop Hackathon?
Learn more about the Board of Advisors, Team Members and Founders of the
movement and their companies and partners.
Board of Advisers

The following are on the Board of Advisors for Hip Hop Hackathon:

  • Chris Walker, President and Founder, Urbanime
  • Hume Merritt, Marketing, Urbanime
  • Karina Edmonds, SVP, Head of Academies and University Alliances at SAP
  • Andrew Weaver, Founder BLVCK$FUND, Speaker and Community Partner
  • Kim Kennedy, Founder, Empire of WE
  • Desha Elliott, Business Advisor Accion Opportunity Fund
  • Tammy McMiller, Co-Founder and CEO Plan Heal
  • Casey Richardson, Founder, Blaze Group
  • Dan Stormont, Arizona Regional Manager for Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS program
Operations Team
The following are on the Operations Team for Hip Hop Hackathon:
  • Andrew Weaver, Founder BLVCK$FUND, Speaker and Community Partner
  • Timothy Fields, Founder, BESN.TV, Community Partner
  • Bryntte Gray, President, TrueAsset Business Consulting, Community Partner
  • Robert Yawe, Managing Director, Synaptech Solutions, Limited, Community Partner (Nairobi Kenya)
  • Hannah Yukon, Artist, Community Partner
  • Alysse Soll, Board Chair, Women in Sports Tech, Speaker and Community Partner, SportsTech
  • Moshe Lebowitz, CEO and Founder, Healables, Speaker and Community Partner, SportsTech
  • Murali Bhogavalli, Wave Sports, Speaker, SportsTech
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Co-Founder and CIO, Data 360

Marie is a prolific leader, advisor, coach and mentor who works and advocates locally, regionally and nationally for digital and technology literacy, closing the economic gap using technology and ethical, equitable and explainable AI. See more of her work on Data 360's sample talks and workshops page and her long bio. Marie has been involved in dozens of communities in social media as a micro-influencer and with Data 360, her content and partners have captured 25,000 fans and reach up to 4 million users per month on social media.

LAWRENCE MORROW, JR., , Co-Founder, Hip Hop Hackathon

Lawrence Morrow has spent the last 20 years of his career in insurance, sales and counseling. He and his family have spent over 20 years in the aerospace and insurance industry. His family currently works for a subsidiary of PIMCO based in Newport Beach, California. Lawrence specializes in a unique combination of his background as a trained counselor and history in sales to identify unique opportunities in markets for consumers and government programs.

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Founder, Urbanime

Chris Walker is a Marvel/DC veteran and creativepreneur who founded Urbanime to make comics more inclusive for Black and Brown audiences. After years of collaborating with Fortune 500 brands as a Brand Strategist, and formative creative years as an artist for Marvel and DC, he decided to create his own platform to fill a void in the comics world often felt by Black and Brown folx who are as big of fans of comics as they are of culture. Merging his passion for the medium of comics with his love of urban culture, Chris has developed an empowering lifestyle brand that sits at the intersection of art, culture, and storytelling.

See Chris and Urbanime's feature on Sway's Universe in July 2021.

Sponsoring Partners
Data 360

Data 360 is a women-led community interest company with an ambitious mission to create software that transforms the way companies, governments and communities use data.

Our mission is to build software that enables individuals, groups and organizations to harness their own data, to tell their own stories, and to take control of their future in powerful decentralized platforms.

Data 360 helps non-technical business users learn to use advanced technologies to build their ideal communities using our low-code and no-code system and services which saves up to 90% of operational expenses. We are a low-cost development alternative to social media groups, online paid advertising, traditional SaaS tech stacks and traditional websites.

Bad data costs U.S. businesses nearly 3 trillion in losses per year. And, nearly 90 million workers and 73% of businesses are technically illiterate. These problems urgently need to be fixed now. The solutions for these problems can be found with Data 360's solutions and offerings using big data and AI/ML.

We've collaborated and worked with Accenture, Autodesk, ESRI, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, the city and county of Los Angeles, LA Chamber of Commerce, O'Reilly Media, Oracle, Salesforce, Amazon, Google, IKEA, Morgan Stanley and over 10,000 SMEs and individuals.

Data 360 holds hackathons, workshops and educational events through its partnership with Google for Google Developer Cloud Los Angeles.

Our business community consists of 300,000+ users on a closed, invite-only social media aand web-based messaging network as of November 2021 (starting from 55 in August 2016, 5,000 in January 2018, 70,000+ in January 2020) growing to over 3.6 million per month in June 2020 (up from 1.5 million per month in January 2020) which started with 5 new major corporate partnerships which launched in March 2018.

If you'd like to request an invite to the Data 360 network, then email


Urbanime is a culture x comics company that creates authentic experiences that empower multicultural audiences through imaginative storytelling.

Urbanime publications make culture the hero whether they are unique editorials using comic art to tell a story of the culture or fantastic, urban-themed genre fiction that place Black and Brown characters at the center of adventure.

The initial Urbanime books include Urbanime Mixtape Volume One, RELIC (currently available on Amazon Kindle), Style EP (in celebration of Air Max Day), and Black Music Month.

For more information about Urbanime or to download our library of Culture-zines visit, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitch and Twitter.

Urbanime has also been featured on:

Sway in the Morning

July 21, 2021

Exclusive interviews from Sway Calloway and the Sway In The Morning/ team feature some of today's biggest celebrities, like Kevin Hart, Kanye West, Eminem, Usher, Jessica Alba, Steve Aoki, Torey Lanez, Julia Stiles and so much more to more than 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube.

Harlem World Magazine

June 1, 2021

Our Music. Our Story Join Urbanime As They Celebrate Black Music Month At The Apollo In Harlem


March 27, 2021

Urbanime Celebrates Women And Air Max Day With Illustrated 'Style EP' | SNOBETTE

What is the Hip Hop Hackathon?
Hip Hop Hackathon says "Permission Not Required" to give undervalued talent access to the best of STEM.

Hip Hop Hackathon is a community of creators, makers, and changemakers who have the power to craft the future of technology and culture by leveraging their unique talents to build solutions that address real-world problems. We know that our movement is not limited to the three pillars of rap, dance, and technology. We are artists and creators from all walks of life who have the potential to combine their expertise across a variety of disciplines to empower the culture.
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