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Programmers put their heads together to solve local issues at 'Hack for a Cause'

'Hack for a Cause' sign. (SBG Photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Hundreds of tech-savvy problem solvers gathered in Downtown Eugene Sunday for the second annual 'Hack for a Cause.'

More than a dozen teams put their heads together at the Downtown Athletic Club to come up with answers to community problems.

Hackers created software including mobile phone apps to combat a series of community issues from sex trafficking to crime in Downtown Eugene.

The Technology Association of Oregon in the Southern Willamette Valley hosted the event.

One developer was creating a mobile app to report crime in Downtown Eugene at a touch of a button.

"We are looking to create an app that will allow people to report incidents," 'Hack for a Cause' programmer Yuchin Pan said. "And keep everyone aware of what's going on around them so they are able to feel safer and more aware of what's around them."

Another community challenge the hackers discussed was how to use technology to encourage donations to local charitable organizations instead of pan handlers.

You can view the software or apps created by the teams from this weekend's 'Hack for a Cause' when they are available on Technology Association of Oregon in the Southern Willamette Valley website.

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