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Mobility Live and Technology Association of Georgia to host
Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational
Georgia Hackers Urged to compete for National Title plus $30,000 in Cash Prizes
ATLANTA (August 4, 2014) –The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, today announced that it will host its first ever, Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational which will be held on August 19th and run until September 17th
The event is expected to draw teams of programmers from across the nation to compete for $30,000 in cash and prizes, while helping to give (hack) back to three of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations: American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Points of Light /Hands on Network.
“Georgia is not only a major center for mobility innovation, but a number of national non-profit organizations are based here too,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President/CEO. “This event promises to bring out the best in both areas and I encourage hackers in the region and around the country to participate.”
Teams will develop mobility solutions from a list of challenges provided by each of the participating non-profits. After a preliminary judging on September 19th, selected Hack-Back finalists will present their projects on stage at the Mobility LIVE conference in Atlanta on September 23rd. Judges will include representatives from the participating non-profits, mobility industry leadership, and investors.
“Atlanta has emerged as a global hub for one of the hottest, fastest-growing sectors of technology today – mobility,” said Mike Zeto, Director of Corporate Development and M&A, AT&T Mobility and co-chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Mobility Task Force and the Mobility Live co-chair. “A national hackathon combined with more than 1,200 Mobility Live attendees will make for a great vibe during Atlanta’s premier mobility event.”
Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational is held in conjunction with the 2nd annual Mobility LIVE conference, which brings together key thought leaders and decision makers in the areas of mobile technology standards, strategies and innovations. Confirmed Speakers for the conference, which will be September 23rd and 24th, include Alan Dabbiere of AirWatch, Ralph De La Vega of AT&T Mobility, and Chris McClellen of The Weather Channel.
"I am thrilled to see the entire Georgia technology community matures to a point where we can host big challenges like this and expect amazing results. The Technology Association of Georgia has really helped our technical community compete on a global level with the best innovators in technology anywhere. The Weather Company is proud to be located in Atlanta along with so many amazing technology focused companies."
Teams interested in competing in the Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational can get more information by visiting: http://bit.ly/mlhack
About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help Atlanta thrive. Our board is made up of Atlanta's top business leaders. Our professional staff serves more than 3,000 member companies that employ nearly 1 million workers. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC's Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years. Visit our website at www.metroatlantachamber.com
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative, visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.