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App-writing "Hackathon" begins Saturday at UB

About 125 students from four area colleges are expected to take part in a 24-hour "hackathon" this weekend at the University at Buffalo.

Teams of programmers, code writers and others fluent in the latest technology will compete to develop new computer software applications in the event, which begins at noon Saturday.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, the competitors will show off their work to a team of judges, who will award $2,000 in prizes to the best ideas as rated on usefulness, creativity, the elegance of their design and their technical difficulty, according to the university.

Students from UB, St. Bonaventure University, the Rochester Institute of
Technology and SUNY Buffalo State will take part in the "hackathon," which was organized by UB's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. UB sophomore Nick DiRienzo, a computer science and engineering major, is the lead organizer.

The judges include representatives from companies such as Synacor, SendGrid, InfoTech Niagara, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones, DiRienzo said.

The event will take place in Barbara and Jack Davis Hall on the UB North Campus. Visit for more information.

-- Stephen T. Watson


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