HSO is pleased to announce: application to become a 501(c)(3) charity approved!

Hypatia Software Organization, Inc. (HSO), is now a registered United States Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!

HSO filed paperwork to become a non-profit corporation in the State of Massachusetts. We became Hypatia Software Organization, Inc., at the end of September.  As of yesterday, we have received notice of approval for our application to become a Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States! This has been the result of many months of hard work from many team members within the organization, and we would not have made it this far without everyone’s help.

Here is what becoming a 501(c)(3) means for you:

  1. If you pay taxes to the United States government, you can donate to HSO and receive a letter stating your donation amount, which you can use as a tax break.
  2. Assurance that your donations to HSO goes toward aiding experiencers of transmisogyny , providing education that will help enable procurement of employment in coding and systems administration jobs, as well as direct charitable relief.
  3. We will continue our policy of openness and transparency, with a number of exciting new ways to showcase all the good work we are doing.
Hypatia Software would like to take this time to thank our community, our supporters and our allies.  It is because of your support that HSO was able to accomplish this important step.  We are now more able to continue our mission of offering direct aid, a nurturing community, and mentorship to those who are experiencing transmisogyny.  We at HSO are truly excited to embark on this next stage in our future.  Exciting things to come!

Interested in helping our mission?

There are many ways people can help out! If you would like to make a secure tax deductible donation to Hypatia today you can do so directly via our donation page, 100% of all donations go directly to furthering our mission.  If you would like to volunteer, consider filling our our volunteer application! People with any skill-set are welcome, we are always looking for new mentors, creative writers, programmers, graphic designers, and more!

Special Thanks to FundClub for Helping to Raise $8,500!!

fundclub On behalf of Hypatia Software Organization I would like to extend a special thank you to the people at FundClub who were able to raise $8,500 USD for us!! We are extremely excited about this development, and cannot wait to begin the difficult, but important work ahead. These funds give us the ability to fully offer our services to homeless, and disenfranchised, trans women.

We are planning on using the funds assist Hypatia in some of the following core areas:

  • Streamlining and expanding the mentorship program
  • Emergency cash relief funds to assist in buying HRT, bus fare, etc.
  • Laptops for homeless / disenfranchised trans women
  • Public speaking
  • Overhead (eg. VPS, domains, service providers)
  • Assisting with internships
  • Creating job opportunities
Thanks again to the FundClubyou are an amazing group!

It is an honor to have be added to the ever growing list of organizations that you have helped empower though your good will.We at Hypatia will do our best to put these new funds to work, in the spirit that they were given.


The next steps will be decided at our weekly Membership Meetings, which currently are every Sunday at 5:00PM CST and last one hour.  If you would like to attend, please join the #member-meeting channel on the Slack Team. If you need to be invited to the Slack Team, please fill out either the Volunteer, or Benefits Application, and we will invite you as soon as we can.

Lisa Marie Maginnis

President/CEO
Hypatia Software Organization

Introducing Lisa Marie

lisam1Hi all! I am Lisa Marie, the new CEO/President of Hypatia Software Organization. While I know that Lillian leaves big shoes to fill, I know that I can help Hypatia, as it enters the next phase of its mission to help the homeless and disenfranchised trans women of the world. I have only been with the Hypatia since spring of this year, but in that time I have learned a lot about how Hypatia directly impacts trans peoples lives, and I cannot wait to help us further that mission. I am very excited about a lot of the recent developments here at Hypatia. Ranging from the Fund Club donation, to the possibilities of certification programs. While I get acquainted with Hypatia over the next few weeks, there will be slight delays in applying the new found momentum we have gained. I will do my best to keep these delays to a minimum, but I do ask for your patience as I learn the ropes.

A bit about myself, I am currently twenty eight years old, and living in Boston Massachusetts. I work in the Information Technology field as a Senior System Administrator for a non-profit. I was one of the founding members of the peer support network TransAdvice, and currently serve on their board of directors. My hobbies range from hiking and back country camping, to programming and reverse engineering. I am a science fiction fan, and enjoy reading to unwind.

I am honored to have the chance to serve the Hypatia community, and I look forward to working with all of you 🙂

Lisa Marie

lisa.marie@hypatiasoftware.org

Lillian talking at LibrePlanet

Hypatia Software Org at LibrePlanet (Lillian’s Talk)

Prior, I wrote two posts about talking about Hypatia Software Organization at LibrePlanet 2016, namely one about why I was excited to talk at LibrePlanet, the other about my road trip and personal recap of my LibrePlanet roadtrip.

Now the video of me (Lillian Lemmer) talking at LibrePlanet about Hypatia Software Organization is up for everyone to see!

Here’s the official description of the talk:

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Lillian speaks at LibrePlanet 2016, Secretary Brian Callahan seen standing to left.

My LibrePlanet Experience

I gave a talk on March 20, at LibrePlanet 2016, at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (I mention being enthused in an earlier blog post), on a LibrePlanet scholarship. To avoid transphobic harassment by the TSA, and other airport staff, my friends drove me (notably Tom Almquist of our staff) 2,792 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota and back.

Make sure to check the bottom of this post–I included a time lapse of my trip!

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Cool People Love Our Shirts

We’re now selling shirts, hoodies, and teddy bears! Really cool people have been wearing Hypatia shirts and hoodies (see pics below!)! 100% of the proceeds go to empowering transgender women. From now until March 15 get 15% off hoodies–our hoodies are awesome!

Buy yourself a a hoodie, shirt, or teddy at the store!

How to test a game engine

If you were to ask “What are the most difficult aspects of testing a game engine,” an answer you’d hear a lot is “rendering.” What things look like when they’re drawn to screen–how do you test that? Well, to know that things drawn to screen look right you need to compare the rendered image to an image you can expect to be static, unchanging. The first approach is to create an image test fixture of the expected render image and compare that against the render image itself. However, this approach is extremely limited. As unfortunate as is is, we must leave the domain of simple static tests, and enter into the wacky world of dynamically testing.

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I’m Excited for AlterConf!

I (Lily Lemmer) am going to be at the AlterConf Minneapolis event! I work at LeadPages and they’re hosting so it’s awfully convenient for me! Here’s a short bit about Alterconf:

AlterConf provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries to learn from and encourage one another. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

I’m really excited to meet others who share the passion I have! I can’t wait to share my stories of success with using open source software to empower trans women, a model that can be replicated by any marginalized person! I will also be sharing my enthusiasm for this on March 20, at LibrePlanet/MIT (as mentioned in an earlier blog post).

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How I started developing on an iPad

Recently my laptop started falling apart, and I needed a new device to continue my development work on Sappho, previously Hypatia Engine, as well as other development endeavours. I was looking into a replacement laptop, when I had a thought – what if I could develop everything I needed to from an iPad? After some careful thinking about the feasibility of it, I decided that I could probably do everything on one, and so I set about acquiring one. Thanks to Blake (a very generous HSO staff member), I got my hands on one.

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Why I’m excited to talk at LibrePlanet 2016

Hello, everyone, it’s Lillian! Hypatia Software Organization is abuzz because of this bit of exciting news: Brian Callahan and I will be talking at LibrePlanet 2016 about the significance of what Hypatia Software Organization has been doing!

The official title of the talk is “Trans Code: Free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hackers.” In summary, we’ll be talking about transgender women using free software as a tool for liberation, challenging mainstream diversity initiatives. I’m sharing ethnographic stories of this community of trans women (Hypatia Software Organization), which I lead.

I’m excited to show how free software can make a lasting impact for the woefully under-privileged. I’m also excited to share our experience, goals, and determination. Above all, I am excited that these things will be absorbed and propagated by influencers in free software. More free software developers and free software through empowering the underprivileged.

I’m so excited to show the free software community a diversity initiative model which can be replicated and what the challenges are!

Here are some of the quick details for attending:

If you can’t make it, don’t worry: the talk will be recorded! We’ll be sure to update later with said recording.