Winooski, VT (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
On October 19 and 20, the 2nd annual Vermont Hackathon will be held at Winooski’s Champlain Mill. The 24-hour event will challenge participants to create a digital product, app, website or widget to benefit the Vermont community. This is the first hackathon in the U.S. to benefit a state. Competitors will have the chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes. Presenting sponsors include MyWebGrocer, Dealer.com and FairPoint Communications.
Governor Peter Shumlin will officially declare October as ‘Tech Month in Vermont’ in anticipation of the Hackathon and the annual Vermont Tech Jam, which also will be hosted at the Champlain Mill in October.
Governor Shumlin spoke about the importance of creating a tech hub for Vermont, saying, “These events and initiatives from some of our state’s major employers are a great way to continue fostering a tech community in Vermont. Tech is a growing industry with increasing potential, and we’re so proud to offer amazing jobs and opportunities in our great state.”
The Hackathon will start at 6:00 p.m. on October 19, when participants will gather at the Champlain Mill and begin 24 hours of app development. This year competitors will have access to open source data sets on topics such as public transit, population density, and regional distribution of breweries, all with the goal of creating something useful for the Vermont community.
Apps will be judged on innovation, user experience, presentation quality, ambition and execution. Five individuals will judge the criteria, all of whom are from Vermont and are established in the tech community, including: John Cohn from IBM; Julie Lerman of VT.NET; Rich Nadworny from Digalicious; Justin Cutroni from Google; and Cairn Cross of Fresh Tracks Capital.
Returning sponsors from last year include C2 and Leonardo’s Pizza. Many local Vermont companies will be providing food and prizes throughout the Hackathon. For more information or to register as a participant, visit http://www.hackvt.com. Registration to participate closes October 12.
MyWebGrocer drives digital connections between consumers, grocery retailers, and Consumer Packaged Goods brands. MWG manages digital solutions for more than 130 retailers nationally, representing more than 10,000 stores, and 90+ major consumer packaged goods brands. For more information: http://www.mywebgrocer.com.
Dealer.com is a leader in automotive digital marketing solutions - serving automotive retailers, manufacturers and media companies worldwide. The company's innovative, award-winning digital marketing and advertising platform helps significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers' efficiency and profitability. The company employs over 600 people in its Burlington, VT, and Manhattan Beach, CA, offices. Dealer.com's commitment to employee health and wellness makes it one of the country's most desirable places to work, and in 2011 was named best overall company in the U.S. at the American Business Awards for companies with under 2,500 employees. For more information, visit dealer.com.
About Fairpoint Communications
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at