Improving Hillsborough County with a Hack-a-thon

Commuter coders gathered to create new applications based on the county’s data.

  • Commissioner Sharpe with Hack-A-Thon winners

“The technological industry is booming and the government needs it," says Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, labeled the “Champion” of the first Hillsborough County Hack-a-thon.

His goal for last weekend's event was to bring the techies out and to inspire the youth in coding.

Nine tech and business savvy teams were challenged to design, program, and pitch their new applications to a panel of seven judges in 48 hours.

Teams were judged on several areas including the programs feasibility, potential development, novelty and impact. The first place winners were awarded $250 for each member along with other bonus items.

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