Tacky Box Hackathon to Focus on Anti-Cyberbullying Solutions

"Hack the Bully," calls upon hackers to create an online tool diminishing the power of cyberbullies by helping victims and raising awareness of the issue to bystanders in the community. 

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Tacky Box, which offers a multi-sensory program to improve children’s treatment of their peers, is hosting an anti-cyberbullying hackathon beginning Friday at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. 

“Hack the Bully,” is a two-day event calling upon hackers to create an online tool diminishing the power of cyberbullies by helping victims and raising awareness of the issue to bystanders in the community. There are $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes for first, second, and third place winners respectively.

“Our goal with ‘Hack the Bully’ is to develop a tangible online solution that puts an end to cyberbullying and the depression, anxiety, and suicide it so frequently causes among kids as young as 9 years old,” said Chris Kent Phelps, Tacky Box founder and CEO, in a release. 

The Dallas company also is partnering with David’s Legacy Foundation for the event. The nonprofit is dedicated to ending cyberbullying and promoted “David’s Law,” which helped modernize Texas legislature surrounding online harassment. Matt and Maurine Molak created the foundation in 2016, after their son, David, committed suicide as a result of being repeatedly bullied online

To register and learn more, visit the event page.

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