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Hunterdon to Host 'Hackathon'

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon’s first ever hackathon is approaching.

The 24-hour marathon tech product creation competition will take place on April 28 and 29 at the Feed Mill Station.

The event is sponsored by Hunterdon County Economic Development, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Flemington Community Partnership.

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“HackHunterdon’s hackathon is a primary piece of a collaborative, long-term effort to encourage small business and innovation growth in Hunterdon County,” said Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Phelan in a press release.

“At its core, the purpose of the HackHunterdon hackathon is threefold," said Marc Saluk, who is the county's Economic Development Director. "First, we are seeking to identify and bring together our local tech talent. Second, we want to make a grand demonstration of our collective commitment to technology growth in Hunterdon County. Finally, we want to connect investors and venture capitalists to our talented technologists.”

“Momentum is building in Hunterdon County to spur growth in the technology sector, and it starts right here in Flemington,” said Judy Goodwin, Executive Director of Flemington Community Partnership. “We are discovering the wide breadth of talent already here in Hunterdon County from our monthly tech meetup, which has over 100 members in just two short months. HackHunterdon’s hackathon will showcase this talent, and bring together a technology community to our wonderful county seat.”

The HackHunterdon meet up is held on the last Thursday of every month at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington at 7pm. You can register here.

“Some people have asked us whether ‘hacking’ is bad,” said Saluk. “But in technical circles, the word ‘hacking’ generally just means to come up with a clever solution to a challenging problem, or even serves as a synonym for writing software code in general.”

“HackHunterdon will serve as an opportunity for our local tech talent to collaborate on new business ideas and potentially tackle interesting problems in a unique way,” said Phelan.

The event will host 50 - 100 technologists overnight at the Feed Mill Station with free food, swag, workshops, games, and prizes. HackHunterdon invites everyone to help build a cool, new project, connect with fellow hackers, learn, experiment, and be inspired.

Applications to participate have recently been posted on HackHunterdon’s website, hackhunterdon.com. Organizers encourage Hunterdon's software developers, UI/UX designers, and product types to apply. Professionals and computer science students (college or graduate) in and around the county are welcome.

Additional information can be found at HackHunterdon.com, or by contacting team@hackhunterdon.com.

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