Dominion Enterprises Challenges Local Students to Compete in Upcoming “Hackathon”

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Norfolk-based company seeks marketing, business, design and engineering students

Dominion Enterprises will sponsor its annual hackathon, “Hack U - Coding Student Life.”

On February 4-5, Dominion Enterprises will sponsor its annual hackathon, “Hack U - Coding Student Life.” This event will be held at Dominion’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Like most hackathons, the event will challenge participants to create working computer programs and products. This time, each team will be made up of four or five students from surrounding colleges (Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, ECPI, etc.). These teams will be tasked with building, designing, and developing innovative and polished apps in a fast-paced setting. The goal of these apps is to support and enhance the modern student experience.

The teams will be a blend of students studying marketing, business, design and engineering. From Dominion Enterprises, there will be two-three coaches for each team made up of IT professionals, marketing professionals and graphic designers. While back-end coding skills are imperative in creating these apps, and marketing skills are needed to promote them, graphic design is just as important in making the apps visually appealing to the public. The amalgamation of all these factors is sure to yield some interesting products.

The Hackathon is not just about an app working as designed. It’s also about the teams working together to create a result that is useful to its target audience. Over the course of two days, the teams will compete for first, second and third place. First place will receive a $20,000 scholarship to be divided equally between all students on the team; second place will receive a 32GB Apple TV; and third place will receive a prize to be determined.

About Dominion Enterprises’ Hackathons
Three times a year Dominion Enterprises hosts a hackathon. Our hackathon series consists of a university student focused hackathon, an internally focused innovation hackathon for our employees, and finally we host an external community focused public hackathon. Each event has a unique theme and includes a team based format.

One of Dominion’s hackathon goals is to keep top talent in the Hampton Roads area by reaching out to the community and local universities while creating a fun, innovative place to work. The events are organized by Dominion Enterprises TTAG (Technology Talent Acquisition Group – lead by Melodi Albert). While these events are great for recruiting and retention, the real reward is team collaboration, learning, and experimental development fun.

About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. More than 46 million For Rent® and® publications are distributed nationwide each year. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the company has 3,300 employees in more than 105 offices in the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Italy. For more information, visit

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