NTC Weekend HackAThon will support the tech needs of the local non-profit
[ed.note: Now the Nashville Technology Council, the Entrepreneur Center, the Community Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management need to collaborate to establish several fellowships funding the salaries of techies within Nashville nonprofit organizations for 2 years to help them adopt 1) standards and 2) the cloud, open source (or similar appropriate technologies), and 3) develop an integration scheme with other area (and global) NPOs/NGOs. #NashTechCorps]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 27, 2012 – The Nashville Technology Council today announced that the non-profit, Transit Now Nashville, will benefit from the upcoming HackAThon taking place the weekend of May 11-14, 2012. Despite the negative connotation sometimes associated with hacking, a HackAThon is about using software development talent for good, not evil, purposes. Programmers, software engineers, designers, or anyone else who is passionate about using technology to create something new and useful will be working through the weekend to win bragging rights and cash prizes. Nashville’s EMMA e-mail marketing company is providing the venue for the weekend-long event.
“We are thrilled to be selected by the NTC to benefit from the HackAThon. As a small non-profit, our technology needs far exceed our available resources. Knowing the level of creativity and passion in Nashville’s tech community, we are sure that Transit Now will benefit greatly from the outcome of this event,” stated Cliff Lippard, President, Transit Now Nashville Board of Directors. He went on to say, “Transit Now is always seeking ways to make public transportation more user friendly and we believe this opportunity will do that.”
The idea to hold a competitive style HackAThon in Nashville came from many sources including local business leaders who are looking for developers. “I believe a HackAThon will foster the local software development community and build awareness of the high demand for software developers and engineers,” stated Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. His statement regarding the growing need for developers is supported by the NTC Tech Jobs Report, which found more than 1,000 open tech positions in Middle Tennessee in the last quarter of 2011. The highest demand for tech employees is consistently in the area of software development.
With a vision to help Middle Tennessee become known worldwide as a leading technology community, the Nashville Technology Council is devoted to helping the tech community succeed. Membership is open to technology companies, technology employers, service providers, educational institutions, and non-profit companies interested in supporting the growth of technology businesses in Middle Tennessee.