Registration Open for 24-Hour HackVT to Benefit the State of Vermont

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Third Annual Hackathon sponsored by Area Tech leaders MyWebGrocer, Dealer.com, FairPoint Communications and C2.

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On October 11 and 12, the third annual Vermont Hackathon will kick-off at MyWebGrocer's headquarters, the historic Champlain Mill in Winooski. The 24-hour event will challenge participants to create a digital product, app, website or widget to benefit the Vermont community while competing to win more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Presenting sponsors include MyWebGrocer, Dealer.com, FairPoint Communications and C2.

October has once again been officially declared “Tech Month in Vermont” by Governor Peter Shumlin in anticipation of HackVT, the annual Vermont Tech Jam, and other local events taking place during the month of October that promote the Vermont technology community.

Speaking about the importance of expanding the technology sector in Vermont, Governor Shumlin said, “Events like HackVT are a great way to demonstrate the vitality of Vermont's growing tech community, I am glad to see so many prominent local companies showing their support. Tech is a growing industry with unbridled potential, and Vermont is proud to offer amazing jobs and opportunities in our state.”

HackVT will kick-off at 6:00 p.m. on October 11, with teams of up to five participants gathering at the Champlain Mill to begin 24 hours of hacking, app development and creative thinking. Once again, data sets will be provided that focus on a variety of topics relevant to the state of Vermont ranging from agriculture networks to real estate trends. Competitors will work with the primary goal being to create something useful for the Vermont community.

Judges will evaluate the apps based on how well the content expresses a Vermont theme or pertains to a Vermont audience, innovation and newness of its capabilities, user experience, presentation quality and overall quality of the app's functionality. Five Vermonters with established credentials in the tech community will serve as judges, including: John Cohn, fellow and chief scientist of IBM; Julie Lerman, VT.NET user group leader; Rich Nadworny, digital strategist at Digalicious; Justin Cutroni, analytics advocate at Google; and Cairn Cross, co-founder of Fresh Tracks Capital.

More than 30 Vermont businesses are sponsoring this year's HackVT, and many more local companies will be providing food and prizes throughout the event.

Interested participants should sign-up as soon as possible as space is limited and registration is quickly filling up.

For a full list of sponsors and to register a team, visit http://www.hackvt.com.

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About MyWebGrocer
MyWebGrocer drives digital connections between consumers, grocery retailers, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands, offering a breadth of shopper marketing services supported by a comprehensive technology platform. MWG manages digital solutions for more than 140 retailers nationally, representing more than 10,000 stores, and 200+ major CPG brands. For more information: http://www.mywebgrocer.com.

About Dealer.com
Dealer.com is the automotive industry's leading provider of a streamlined and intuitive solution for managing dealership marketing and operations. The company's platform-based Inventory, Advertising, Website and CRM products allow OEMs, dealer groups, retail and agencies to leverage innovative technology to relevantly connect to their customers. The company's unique commitment to culture, with a focus on health and wellness, makes it one of the most desirable places to work. More information on Dealer.com can be found at http://www.dealer.com.

About Fairpoint Communications, Inc.
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 17 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 http://www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).

About C2
C2, also known as Competitive Computing, is a Vermont-based technology services firm specializing in internet business solutions and enterprise technology infrastructure. With a focus on building strategic value, their industry-leading technology solutions are custom designed to help position their clients to compete in an increasingly fast-paced and highly connected world. For over 20 years, C2 has worked with brand-name businesses, as well as educational and governmental institutions, to deliver award-winning solutions while earning premiere status partnerships with vendors such as Microsoft, Dell, VMware and EMC. Serving clients throughout the northeast, their client list includes national and local brands. In 2013, C2 was once again recognized as one of the top 5 fastest growing tech companies in Vermont with extensive experience in IT Planning, Custom Multi-Channel Commerce, Email and Messaging Systems, Server Virtualization, Networking Solutions and 24/7 Managed Support Services. http://www.competitive.com

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