$10,000 Opportunity: Hack the Hudson Valley | Daily Dose

Sunday, March 8, 2015

$10,000 Opportunity: Hack the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge apphackathon.jpg

A two month-long “virtual hackathon” is currently underway in the region.

The AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge invites locals to compete in a contest: who can design the best app to benefit the community? From March 4 through May 1, residents or students in “Tech Valley” compete to develop the most beneficial apps for their communities.

“Tech Valley,” as the contest rules define it, consists of the following 19 counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. The teams submitting apps must include at least one member who’s a current resident in the area or attends one of the region’s universities.

While the community benefits from the winning app, so does the developer. The grand prize is $10,000, with second and third prize winners earning $5,000 and $2,000 respectively. Two honorable mentions will receive $500 each.

After being pre-screened by Hack Upstate, the apps go before a judging panel made up of local tech experts, elected officials, and community stakeholders.

The apps are judged on three categories: the potential impact they have on Tech Valley (40 percent), the execution (40 percent), and the creativity/novelty (20 percent).

AT&T teamed up with the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex, Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive, Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate518, and Hack Upstate to design the competition.

The organizations have already begun recruiting tech developers to compete.

Individual participants can sign up at techvalleyatt.hackupstate.com. For more information, follow the hashtag #TechValleyATT on Twitter.

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

Speaking of...

  • Chronogram Cover Contest
  • Chronogram Cover Contest

    Vote for Your Favorite of Over 200 Covers
    • May 1, 2013
  • CD Review: Red Molly
  • CD Review: Red Molly

    Review of Stony Point-based trio Red Molly's follow up CD.
    • Aug 31, 2009
  • 2008 Literary Humor Contest
  • 2008 Literary Humor Contest

    Spurious sequels or preposterous prequels to works of literature or nonfiction, complete with a one-line descriptive zinger.
    • Oct 28, 2008
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • World Class Women’s Cycling

    The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix (WWCGP) is celebrating its fifth year as the only women’s single day, out-and-back road race course in the United States. It’s a great day for families to support athletes, inspire young ones, and enjoy community.
    • Apr 24, 2017
  • Jeremy Denk to Perform at Bard College

    The esteemed pianist will deliver a diverse program at the Fisher Center on September 11.
    • Sep 6, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Gentle Flow Yoga @ Tara Gregorio Holistic Healing

Gentle Flow Yoga

Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. and First Thursday of every month, 9:45 a.m. — Intentionally set to 3-5 people so you enjoy the most hands on...
New Mother's Social Circle @ New Baby New Paltz

New Mother's Social Circle

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through May 31 — This group is for mamas looking to meet other mamas and babies...

View all of today's events

Latest in Daily Dose

More by Kelly Seiz

  • Chili, Cheese, & Cider Fest

    The Hudson Valley's best chili chefs, cheesemakers, and cider producers collide in gastronomic harmony at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson on October 10 from 12-4pm.
    • Oct 1, 2015
  • Parting Shot—Natalie Wargin

    Natalie Wargin's work gives viewers the opportunity to see the Hudson Valley with a fresh perspective—big-city-girl-let-loose-in-the-country awe.
    • Oct 1, 2015
  • The Burning of Kingston

    To celebrate Kingston's resilience, rehabilitation, and revolutionary spirit, the biennial Burning of Kingston event is held this year from October 16 to 18.
    • Oct 1, 2015
  • More »

Top Commenters

Current Issue

April 1-30, 2018
Issue Cover