Morehouse College students are rolling in dough, thanks to Zillow.
Zillow, in collaboration with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Black Tech Ventures (BTV) and Amplify 4 Good, has announced the winners of its HBCU Housing Hackathon. The weeklong virtual event kicked off on Sept. 23, drawing in more than 150 HBCU students who were engaged in a contest for top prizes. Each team was required to create innovative solutions to help at-risk renters and struggling first-time home buyers.
The Hackathon united 49 teams that represented 17 HBCUs from around the country. The Morehouse team, consisting of Kendall Camp, Grant Commodore, Joshua Curry and Paul Lockett, took first place for its “Reliby” app. Also known as team Househouse, the students of Morehouse walked away with a grand prize of $20,000 for their app that addresses financial uncertainty for long-term renters. The app also provides users with a “stability score” to illuminate dramatic increases in living expenses that might come months or years in the future. Along with their winnings, Zillow plans to donate $25,000 to Morehouse College’s computer science program.
“It’s awesome to conceptualize a project that could help a lot of people and not only win this hackathon and receive prizes that are great for my team, but also help earn a donation for our college,” Lockett, a member of team Househouse and a Morehouse College senior, said. “Coming into this, we had a plan, we executed on it and we are so happy we had this amazing opportunity to work and learn with Zillow.”