“This is a big setback For us,” founder Jason King says in a Facebook post notifying followers of a robbery committed against the Unsung.org “Hacker House.”
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Hacker House Robbed
The hacker house of Unsung.org, an application which seeks to deliver unwanted food from local caterers and restaurants to the homeless, powered by bitcoin, was robbed today. The Unsung.org application allows users to be rewarded in the digital currency for doing good deeds.
As Jason King, Director and founder of Unsung.org, wrote on Facebook:
Sometimes it feels like no good deed goes unpunished. The Unsung.org Hacker House we have been working out of just got robbed. We got back from lunch and the air conditioner was kicked in. They took Laptop, iPad, iPhone, and anything they could grab that looked sellable.
Broad daylight, busy area.
Apparently the security system that is supposed to be on the windows in the unit has been off this whole time because it was overrided/turned of by the landlord because he “forgot” the security code.
This is a big setback for us.
I’m in total shock.
Unsung.org recently partnered with Arcade City, a ridesharing service, to experiment with the Unsung application. King posted to social media about how Unsung and Arcade City had fed 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, as Bitcoin.com reported. On the Unsung Facebook page, users catalog the meals delivered.
King’s original bitcoin project, Sean’s Outpost, has reportedly fed hundreds of thousands of homeless and needy individuals in Escambia County, Florida. King has long been a vocal proponent of using bitcoin to improve the plight of those in need, from the homeless to victims of disaster, such as in recent Louisiana floods.
King posted to social media last week how Unsung.org and Arcade City had partnered to bring disaster to relief to flood victims. Under the campaign #hackhunger, King and his projects have fed many thousands, but as his Facebook post today underlines, all of this is now in limbo due to the robbery.
Bitcoin.com reached out for comment 15 minutes after the post. King declined to comment for the time being, saying “We are still trying to assess [the robbery].” Bitcoin.com will continue following this story and will provide updates as they become available.
Bitcoin.com sends its best wishes to Jason King and Unsung.org as they try to get to the bottom of the Hacker House robbery.
Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Jason King.