Continuum is a National Day of Civic Hacking project, dedicated to helping alleviate the problems of homelessness.

Our Story

On June 1–2, 2013, T-REx in downtown St. Louis, MO hosted a National Day of Civic Hacking and Random Hacks of Kindness event. The goal of this event was to promote the use of technology to enhance our lives as citizens. During that time, 7 of us came together to build the prototype of Continuum.

between 600,000 and 2,500,00 Americans are homeless.
(fas.org, 2009)

1,370,000 of the homeless population are children under the age of 18.
(International Journal of Psychosocial Research, 2008)

Near the start of the event, we formed a team to build something to help homeless people in St. Louis. As we tried to flesh out what our concept would look like in real life, in walked James Ware. 13 years ago, James was homeless. He challenged us to look beyond our conceptions of homelessness and the shelter system and meet the real and pressing needs of people whose daily life is on the streets.

With James' knowledge, we set out to build a hotline to pair people on the street with beds in shelters. This system will remove the guesswork of finding a safe place to stay the night. Additionally, it will allow shelters to redirect people to an appropriate shelter instead of turning them away, should they run out of room. All this is accomplished in roughly five minutes. This is an improvement on the current coordination system, on which we spent 20 minutes on hold during a test.

30 to 45% of homeless people have and use cell phones to communicate with family and employers.
(Washington Post, 2009)

We plan on launching in the first quarter of 2014, targeting shelters in St. Louis. We are a team of developers, designers, and businesspeople, all convinced that we can ease the problem of homelessness in our community.

Christina Bailey

Christina Bailey

Christina was born and bred in the San Francisco Bay area, she has lived in Utah, Texas, China, Germany, and St. Louis. She double majored in Linguistics and Chinese, and has edited professional publications in Germany. She has 3 small children (2 of which have special needs), and her personal goal is to learn everything. Christina and her husband have a goal to serve in whatever community/city they live in, and this was a great opportunity to jump in.

Suzanne Barnes

Suzanne Barnes

Native of St. Louis, Suzanne cares about the community and is passionate about making St. Louis a place where people want to live. After involvement with an advocacy group in college, she pursued a masters in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she researched gang violence and poverty policy. Currently, Suzanne works for Arch Grants, a non-profit that awards grants to highly innovative and scalable startups locating their business in St. Louis.

Aslam Chagani

Aslam Chagani

Aslam is the founder and President of CodePainters LLC, a technology agency with a focus on web and mobile technology. He is a passionate, experienced engineer and entrepreneur. Born in India, raised in the Congo, he speaks five different languages, loves adventure, and his combination of talents and expertise allow him to create unique and effective solutions to challenging problems. His current research and passion is in the field of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence.

Anne Hicks

Anne Hicks

Anne is a teacher and educator. She is passionate about education and issues concerning the food insecure, underfunded schools, and working to alleviate these problems. Continuum provides an opportunity to start curtailing one of those problems. Fun fact: she was born with 8 wisdom teeth.

Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks

Brian is a developer and designer. He is originally from Colorado, and is excited to use his talents to help the homeless in the St. Louis area and affect them in a life-changing way. He found that the NDoCH gave him the ability to use his talents to make a real difference. He likes photography, and to go camping and hiking in his spare time.

Pierre Kpodar

Pierre Kpodar

Born and raised in Togo, Pierre graduated in the US in computer science. He buys and distributes technology, and is currently developing an expertise in Cryptography. He enjoys travelling and helping solve social problems here at Continuum.

Henry Leacock

Henry Leacock

Henry is a software developer at FoodEssentials. Henry is a native of St. Louis and is passionate about making it a better place. Partnered with his drive to innovate using technology, he finds NDoCH is a great way to discover opportunities for positive change in a tangible way. Henry is also involved in a pinball league in the St. Louis area.

Jason Long

Jason Long

Jason is an upcoming filmmaker. He cares about what Continuum is doing because he believes in making a difference. He enjoys making films and spending quality time with family and friends.

Kerrick Long

Kerrick Long

Kerrick has four years of experience in a combination of back- and front-end web development, an eye for user interface design, and a passion for learning, he bridged the gap between design and programming. Kerrick also strives to make the web usable and accessible to all with open source, web standards, and good user experience.

Tina

Tina "Sweet-T" Pihl

tinA is a social entrepreneur and relationship broker. tinA studied how to effectively create public and private partnerships through corporate social responsibility at MIT. At Yale, she created SELF, an idea for low-income housing providers to look beyond building houses for clients and provide self-sufficiency services. tinA also had the opportunity to spearheaded a post-natural disaster project in Honduras, found, and co-found other projects. Sweet-T, as she is called, was also an Olympic contender in freestyle wrestling in 2004. Sweet-T does everything with a passion and perseverance. She dedicates herself to empowering others to live their dream and bringing together collaborations.

Dwayne Trainer

Dwayne Trainer

Dwayne is a St. Louis native, hardworking entrepreneur, and advocate for sustainable social and environmental change. Innovation drives Mr. Trainer, and the projects he is involved in. He believes in helping those that cannot help themselves by leveling the playing field, sharing information, and enhancing critical thinking skills.

James Ware Jr.

James Ware Jr.

James E. Ware Jr. was homeless off and on for a few years and liked the concept of Continuum. He became aware of the National Day of Civic Hacking while working at Macy’s. He was a substance abuser, he has been clean for 13 years. He hopes that the Continuum group can help do something positive to end homelessness in St. Louis and beyond.

Thank You!

St. Louis National Day of Civic Hacking Event Sponsors & Supporters

We would also like to thank these companies for their sponsorship of the St. Louis National Day of Civic Hacking event:

We would like to extend a special "Thank You!" to Jon Leek of IDC Projects and Drew Winship of Juristat for organizing the St. Louis National Day of Civic Hacking, and for their counsel during the event.