Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) November 22, 2014
Ferguson 1000 Jobs — an organization with a mission to create one thousand jobs for St. Louis county residents, especially those in Ferguson — has partnered with GlobalHack to host GlobalHack III, a hackathon event in Ferguson, Missouri. GlobalHack’s hackathons bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to compete for a $50,000 cash prize. The intense 48-hour computer programming event challenges participants to solve technology-related problems for companies aiming to expand their St. Louis footprint. Ferguson 1000 Jobs will market the initiative to its extensive network in and around Ferguson.
"There is an enormous talent gap in the tech sector, both in the St. Louis region and nationally," says Dave Spence, CEO of Ferguson 1000 Jobs. "By partnering with GlobalHack, Ferguson 1000 Jobs can continue to expand into the technology sector and help connect job seekers with jobs and employers in new and unconventional ways, like through a hackathon.”
GlobalHack III is open to all ages and experiences, and diversity is encouraged. Young students who want exposure to new occupations, seasoned workers who are seeking reentry and retraining, and superstar programmers that want to compete against other top talent, are all welcome to participate. Ferguson 1000 Jobs will help provide better access by offering free admission to a limited number of participants.
“Businesses thrive when they include people from many diverse backgrounds,” says Gabe Lozano, co-founder of GlobalHack. “Technology is no exception. The St. Louis region only stands to benefit if local companies in all sectors make efforts to source top talent from all communities."
GlobalHack III will follow the successful format of GlobalHack I and GlobalHack II. All teams will be assigned an identical project, the full details of which will only be released an hour before the start of the event. The project scope will be defined in collaboration with Emerson's Climate Technologies' Residential Retail Business Unit. Participants will be asked to design, develop, and implement a new software feature for an existing Emerson product in the connected home market. Participating teams should have a baseline understanding of mobile application development (iOS and/or Android) and big data analytics; an understanding of electrical/mechanical engineering is a plus, but not required.
About Ferguson 1000 Jobs
Ferguson 1000 Jobs aims to bring together some of the St. Louis area’s largest employers to give county residents — especially those in Ferguson — job training, business development, and employment opportunities. The organization was founded by businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence.
Contact: Kimberly St. Clair