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MAGIC Hosts Kick-Off for AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge and Hackathon

AT&T, RIT, MAGIC, and partners Hi-Tech Rochester, Digital Rochester, and Hack Upstate announced the Rochester Civic App Challenge. New York Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle also gave remarks and lent his support to the event, as did RIT President Dr. William Destler and MAGIC Director Andrew Phelps.

We at MAGIC are very excited about this challenge, as it focuses on two of our favorite things: (1) it engages the community in technology and development, moving public engagement from mere consumers of technology to creating new tools and software, and (2) it is focused on creating apps that provide new solutions to social and civic issues, thereby seeking to use technology in ways that advance the social good.

The AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge is a two month virtual hackathon for Rochester’s most talented computer scientists, software developers and hardware engineers to build products that have the potential to benefit Upstate New York. Details on entries and rules are available at the event website.

To support these efforts, MAGIC will be hosting a 24-hour hack-a-thon here that will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday, February 21 as well as a “check in” event for participants on March 5 at 6:00 PM. Details for the hackathon are available on our facebook page.

The deadline for app submissions is April 23 and we will host an awards ceremony in May, the date/time is still TBD, but will be announced here at a future date.