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AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

Company partners with RIT, Digital Rochester, High Tech Rochester and Hack Upstate to launch a contest for creating smartphone apps that will serve the community

  • AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

    Produced by RIT University News, this video highlights the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge’s public launch event on February 20th, 2014 and the ensuing 24 hour kick-off hackaton at RIT’s MAGIC Center. The AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge is a two month “virtual hackathon” encouraging the greater Rochester region’s tech community to build and deliver mobile apps that serve community needs and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.

    About the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

    • What is the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge?

      The AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge is a two-month “virtual hackathon” for Upstate New York software developers to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The goal of the challenge is to encourage local developers to build and deliver apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. The challenge kicks off February 20 and concludes April 23. 

      Who organized the challenge?

      AT&T partnered with RIT and local tech champions Digital Rochester, High Tech Rochester and Hack Upstate to produce the challenge.

      When will it take place?

      The app challenge kicks-off 11 a.m. Thursday, February 20 at the RIT MAGIC Center at a press conference hosted by RIT President Bill Destler. RIT will host check-in day for developers on March 5 and an awards announcement tentatively scheduled for May 12th. The RIT MAGIC Center (Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity) will host a hackathon on Friday, February 21st for developers to receive technical insight. Submission deadline is April 23rd.

      Why is the challenge happening?

      The goal of the challenge is to encourage local developers to build and deliver apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  The challenge encourages innovative thinkers, designers, artists, entrepreneurs and developers to create intuitive and novel mobile apps that address social and civic issues in the Rochester region.

    • Who is Participating

      How will developers learn about the civic app challenge?

      Hack Upstate has begun recruiting developers to participate and partners will encourage their social media followers to visit the challenge’s website http://attroc.hackupstate.com to sign-up.  The Twitter hastag #ATTROC was established to spread the word on social media.

      Why is AT&T involved and why now?

      AT&T’s multi-billion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future answers the growing demand for mobile communications as consumers increasingly rely solely on their smartphones to enhance their education, advance professional careers, organize busy lives, consume entertainment and keep in touch with loved ones in so many ways unimaginable only a few years ago. By encouraging Rochester students and career technologists to explore smart phone software development, AT&T is spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive America’s mobile economy.

    • How are prizes awarded?

      Prizes are organized into two separate tracks: Prizes for developers already working on community service-themed apps and ones for developers inspired to create a new civic application from scratch. Both tracks consist of five prizes together totaling $18,000: $5,000 grand prize, $2,000 second prize, $1,000 third prize and two honorable mentions for $500 each.

      Apps submitted to the challenge will be judged on potential impact on Rochester (40%), execution (40%) and creativity/novelty (20%). To make the challenge truly Rochester-centric, teams submitting mobile apps must include at least one member that is either a current resident of the greater Rochester or attends one of the region’s institutions of higher education. A panel of judges made up of local tech experts, elected officials and community stakeholders will review apps pre-screened by Hack Upstate to determine to what extent each satisfies the submission criteria. Judges will rank finalists and assign prizes.

    • Additional Resources

      In The News

      Democrat & Chronicle: Contest promotes building a better app

      Rochester Business Journal: AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge launches

      Digital Rochester Newsletter: Announcing the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

      Hack Upstate Newsletter: Announcing the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

      Capitol Business Blog: AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

      WXXI-AM Radio: AT&T Sponsors Local App Challenge

      WROC-TV: Preparation For "Hackathon"

      WHAM13: AT&T working with RIT on 'hackathon'

      WHEC-TV: AT&T Rochester Civic App challenge

      Partners

      High Tech Rochester

      RIT Magic

      Digital Rochester

      Hack Upstate

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