Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is seeking computer programmers and app developers to participate in a 24-hour hackathon to build an app for the Detroit Public Library. The event, titled #hackDPL, will take place at Automation Alley’s Detroit office from 7 p.m. July 11 to 7 p.m. July 12. Developers of the winning app will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
The mobile application will provide library users with interactive and instant communication, including alerts and notifications about Detroit Public Library events, programs, closings and other important dates. The app will also allow users to search the library’s catalog and order books and e-books.
“Automation Alley is committed to fostering innovation and being a partner in Detroit, a city full of talented and creative minds. We’re excited to see what our participating #hackDPL coders can create for the Detroit Public Library. The developers of the winning app are not only receiving a great cash prize, but they are also helping the library go digital to meet the needs of the public,” said Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley director of Member Relations. “We’d like to thank Grand Circus Detroit and the Detroit Public Library for partnering with us to make this event possible.”
The apps will be judged by Will McDowell, business analyst with Detroit Labs, maker of mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows and the Web; Victor Ibegbu, acting assistant director for information systems for the Detroit Public Library; and Beth Niblock, CIO for the City of Detroit.
Participants may submit resumes to email@example.com to be shared with #hackDPL event sponsors, which include Digerati, PNC Bank, Cynerge Consulting, Level One Bank, InfoReady and 5-hour Energy.
Automation Alley’s Detroit office is located inside Grand Circus Detroit on the 4th floor of Broderick Tower, 1570 Woodward Ave. Parking is located in the Detroit Opera House parking structure next door.
#hackDPL will include breakfast and lunch as well as a 5-hour Energy boost at midnight. The cost to participate is $15 for members and non-members. Participation is limited to 100 people. Registration closes July 9. For more information or to register, visit http://www.automationalley.com/a2_nws_eventinfo?id=a086000000N887qAAB.
Source: Automation Alley
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