Los Angeles, California
In 2008, Mark Horvath, now known to many as @hardlynormal, set out to film the stories of America's homeless and share them with as many people as possible. This initiative became InvisiblePeople.tv. Since then, he has become an internationally recognized activist and ambassador for the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, tents along the streets and under highway bridges across the country.
Mark has been featured by the L.A. Times, CNN, CBS, Mashable.com and NPR. He's spoken at a number of conferences and events, including Blog World, U.S Department of State's Tech@State, Gnomedex, 140 Character Conference, Nonprofit Technology Conference and SxSW.
The Huffington Post named him one of 11 Twitter activists you should follow. Youtube gave InvisiblePeople.tv unprecedented exposure allowing Horvath to curate YouTube's homepage for a day. Mark was asked to speak at Twitter, Inc. and at charity: water. He has consulted for Los Angeles Police Department and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, among many others.
This past September InvisiblePeople.tv launched We Are Visible. WeAreVisible.com's mission is to give people dealing with poverty and homelessness the tools they need to get online and have a voice. The site teaches them how to sign up for email, open a Twitter account, join Facebook, create a blog and, in general, take advantage of the benefits of online social media. It also has the potential to become a model for virtual case management as it helps build a community among homeless people and support service providers.