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Leanne Pittsford, one of our judges, wants to see what you're building!

Hi, I’m Leanne Pittsford, and I’m one of the judges for ObjectRocket by Rackspace’s Hack the Block!

I founded Lesbians Who Tech, the global community of 10,000 queer women in tech, and I’m launching a new company called Code/UP, a new platform for software developers of all levels to showcase their skills. Previously, I led Start Somewhere, a design and technology agency focused on helping social good organizations. During my time there, I launched Social Good Tech Week and Lean Impact, which helps social good organizations use lean startup principles. Before starting my own company, I was the senior director at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the U.S., where I worked on the “No on Prop 8” campaign.

I believe that Hack the Block is not only starting an important conversation about local community improvements; it’s also providing an effective and productive way for those interested in making a difference to get involved. How many times have we been in a situation where we thought something more could be done -- for example, cleaning up a local park, getting a library put into a district in need, helping with the homeless? Hack the Block is putting valuable resources into the hands of those who are most deserving -- those who want to make a difference in their communities. Think about how much good can come from local activists (and technologists) ready to make a change!

I think Hack the Block is going to be a vital conduit for some big improvements in local cities and beyond. I look forward to seeing your excellent work!