Women & Technology



Transforming survivors of human trafficking into software professionals

Team Lead

Jessica Hubley

Solution Summary

Economic opportunity is the key to breaking the cycle of exploitation among vulnerable communities. To break this cycle, AnnieCannons transforms survivors of human trafficking into thriving software professionals through a holistic coding bootcamp, then provides them with steady work through a development shop.

The program teaches in-demand technical skills, and the development shop helps graduates find project-based work to build a sustainable source of income. Survivors gain the economic opportunity they need to maintain a lifetime of freedom in a supportive, trauma-informed work environment.

Market Opportunity

  • There’s an exponential rise in demand for programmers, with software developer jobs expected to grow 17 percent by 2024.
  • 4,460 human trafficking cases were reported in the US in 2017, 80 percent of which were women and girls.
  • Few anti-trafficking programs offer job training for survivors, and those that do train in low-skilled, highly gendered work that cannot support a living wage.


  • 30 survivors trained in coding and high-demand tech skills to date
  • 18 client projects completed through in-house development shop
  • Featured by HuffPost, O’Reilly Media, Women 2.0, and more

Organization Goals

  • Become a fully self-sustaining 501(c)3 by 2020
  • Double full-time staff size in 2018

Existing Partnerships

AnnieCannons currently partners with:

  • 35 corporate partners for volunteerism, donations, hiring, and co-marketing
  • Partners and supporters include Palantir Technologies, Change A Path, SAP, Stanford University, Github, Twitter, City of Oakland, Pluralsight, Hack Reactor, and Axosoft

Partnership Goals

AnnieCannons seeks:

  • Partners to scale up impact outsourcing business
  • Firms offering data, testing, and frontend development jobs for graduates
  • Marketing and content partners to spread the word about AnnieCannons
  • Support to fund web development training for more survivors and hire qualified graduates as teachers

Solver Team

Organization Type:

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Solution Team:

  • Laura Hackney CEO, AnnieCannons
  • Jessica Hubley Founder & CEO, AnnieCannons

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