Joe Peters Interviews Marc Saluk – The Economic Development Director Of Hunterdon County
HackHunterdon slated for June 9-10, 2018
Reposted from NJ.com
Hunterdon County’s annual hackathon, HackHunterdon, is just around the corner, and the event’s sponsoring entities are casting a wide net to attract technologists from all over the Northeast to participate.
This year’s event will be held on June 9th & 10th at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ.
HackHunterdon is a 24-hour tech-product-creation competition for innovators – organized by Hunterdon County Economic Development, Flemington Community Partnership, and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. A main goal of the organizers, as well as the participating businesses, is to identify local talent with exceptional ideas so that their innovations can flourish.
“Last year’s hackathon brought together a diverse amount of area talent with some exceptional ideas,” said Sam Napolitano, Sr. VP of Engineering at Viacom, who also serves as a judge and team mentor for this year’s hackathon. “The HackHunterdon effort is designed to help provide them with the partnership they need to flourish in Hunterdon and the surrounding area.”
Last year’s hackathon saw dozens of technologists compete for about $10,000 worth of cash and prizes. The top team this year will share a $5,000 grand prize for their efforts. Additionally, due to the number of businesses involved in the effort, there’s potential career opportunity for participants.
“We hired a technologist directly out of the 2017 hackathon. We have subsequently started a new partnership with the technologist as a partner, focused on developing accounting and insurance applications” stated Michael Castle, a partner in Bond Andiola & Company, a Flemington-based accounting firm. “Participants in the 2018 event likewise have the chance at some real career and partnership opportunities due to the number of companies supporting the hackathon”.
Personnel from a wide range of local and international technology companies are a part of the HackHunterdon effort.
Judging the teams’ projects this year will be Napolitano, Eric Herbel of Integrated Clinical Systems, a Hunterdon County-based IT company, and John Goodwin, an engineering manager at Facebook.
In addition to the prizes and the recruitment opportunities, organizers hope participants will form relationships with each other that lead to future projects with market potential. Hunterdon County has been actively seeking to partner with its tech community and continues to explore and develop additional ideas to support the community, such as a business incubator, the Chamber’s emerging entrepreneurial center, and more.
“Bottom-line is that the event provides a platform for talented individuals to come together and explore real opportunities – and to have a lot of fun doing it” said Goodwin. “Teams from last year’s event are still developing together, so participating in the hackathon can truly be the start of something big.”
Those interested can get more information plus apply to participate in the 2018 HackHunterdon Hackathon at HackHunterdon.com or by contacting Marc Saluk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 908-399-1108.
The first Hackathon, held at Flemington’s Feed Mill on April 28 and 29, 2017, was considered a resounding success. Dozens of technologists participated, new concepts were developed, and lasting relationships–a major goal of the initiative–were formed. One such outgrowth was a monthly meetup, held on the last Thursday of each month at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, where technologists gather to exchange ideas and learn about new developments in the field.
A hackathon is a competitive event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development – including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and subject-matter-experts – collaborate intensively to build a software project in a limited period of time. The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software.