For Immediate Release April 11, 2013
Rigo Leal, Public Information Officer, 303-651-8840
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Hackathon this Weekend at Skyline High School
Goal is to improve community engagement
APRIL 11, 2013 - More than 50 students, developers and programmers will be participating in the a weekend Hackathon in hopes of creating apps that will enhance communication between Longmont residents and its local government on April 12-14 at Skyline High School, 600 E. Mountain View Ave.
Sponsored by the City of Longmont and tech giant Western Digital, the Hackathon is a weekend marathon event designed to bring together the community's best minds in an attempt to design and create software and apps that enhance City services. The City of Longmont will open up its computer information system (open data sets) and allow these young wizards to take a hack at software and app development.
Many suggestions and ideas have been submitted by the Longmont community to www.LongmontHackathon.com for apps that will improve their lives and enhance communication with Longmont local government.
Here's the weekend schedule:
- Friday, April 12 - 6 to 11 pm: opening remarks by Longmont Mayor Pro Tem Gabe Santos and keynote address by Scott Primeau from Code for America; team talk and brainstorming
- Saturday, April 13 - 8 am to 11 pm: first full day of coding
- Sunday, April 14 -8 am to 5 pm: Idea pitches to judges and award presentations
First prize is $1,000 followed by $750 for second and $500 for third.
Hackers will be able to take advantage of Longmont's fiber network, an ultra high-speed broadband system that will give these high-tech wiz kids the fastest possible connection to the internet available anywhere in Colorado and even the nation. While Google is busy promoting its high speed plans in Kansas City, KS, and Austin, TX, Longmont's network is up and running and has been for many years.
The City will provide live streaming of the event. Find the link at www.longmonthackathon.com.