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Marissa Shorenstein
President — AT&T New York





Marissa Shorenstein, president AT&T New York, is responsible for the company’s regulatory, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state.
 


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Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Winners

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on June 24, 2015

AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Dear Friends,

Tech Valley residents will now be able to turn to their smartphones for assistance with details on hard to find local events, locating regional nutritional safety net resources, information on local job opportunities, and assistance with voting data, among other civically minded topics, thanks to the creativity and innovation that emerged from the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

AT&T worked with University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth), and local tech champions Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive, Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate 518 and Hack Upstate to challenge local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs for a chance to win prizes totaling $18,000.

The winners — chosen from more than 120 participants — were announced earlier this month:

Bullet PointGrand prize ($10,000) : Food Pantry Helper, a mobile web app that assists non-for-profit food pantries manage their operations more efficiently and cost effectively to better service the community’s most vulnerable. Demo video

Bullet PointSecond place ($5,000)Electorate is a social voting app that allows the user to see who their friends have endorsed, allowing them to get valuable information to take to the polls from people they know and trust. Demo video

Bullet PointThird place ($2,000): Snapmap is a mobile web app that helps New York state families get the most out of their SNAP benefits by allowing users to quickly locate SNAP accepting stores, write reviews, view store hours, and filter through stores to discover healthy options. Demo video

Bullet PointHonorable mention ($500): Ant Hill, a mobile web app that provides a virtual place to find work or hire local, introducing a new way to connect young job seekers with small businesses on a local level, thus removing geographical barriers for both demographics. Demo video

Bullet PointHonorable mention ($500): Eventy, an iPhone app that scans the web to find hyper-local events in the Tech Valley and makes them easily viewable to attract more visitors for events happening at nearby community centers, businesses, museums, and more. Demo video

Bullet PointHonorable mention ($500): Project Hunt, a mobile web app that connects developers, makers, designers, students, teachers and students looking to apply their technology and IP resources with nonprofit organizations, schools, startups businesses, and communities that have civic minded innovative project ideas, but lack the technology or skills to create them. Demo video

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Winners were chosen by a panel of judges made up of local tech experts, community stakeholders,Senator George A. Amedore Jr., Assemblymember John T. McDonald III, who based their decisions upon the apps’ potential impact on the Tech Valley, execution and creativity or novelty.

The announcement of the winning civic apps generated significant media coverage across the region including Albany Times Union, Albany Business Review, The Saratogian, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, TW News, and the Capital Region’s CBC and NBC affiliates.

AT&T applauds our collaborators for working with us on an initiative that demonstrates clear demand for programmers, both amateur and professional, to create mobile apps that help our communities connect, build businesses and streamline our daily lives, while demonstrating how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. The quality of mobile apps created through the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge demonstrates the vibrancy and talent of the Tech Valley’s technology and entrepreneurial community.

Sincerely,


Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T

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Honor, Restore and Celebrate the meaning of Memorial Day

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on May 20, 2015

Let's honor, restore and celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Please join us in observing Memorial Day by saluting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving our country. AT&T employees in New York and throughout the country are honoring those who died in active military service.

As part of an effort to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day, AT&T is teaming up with Carry the Load on a Memorial May National Relay to honor the sacrifices made by members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters and their families.

Carry The Load participants, including AT&T Veterans, will continue to walk in support of the organization’s mission and collect donations for this year’s nonprofit partners, including Snowball Express, Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Building Homes for Heroes, Adaptive Training Foundation, Heroes on the Water, Legacies Alive and Team RWB. Funds raised during Memorial May programs allow Carry The Load to grow its vision and execute its mission, as well as provide existing nonprofit partners with valuable visibility, resources and meaningful connections.

At this solemn, special time we come together with military families and friends to honor, restore and celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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Marissa Shorenstein
President — AT&T New York

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Posted by AT&T New York Team on May 05, 2015

Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on April 09, 2015

AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Marissa Shorenstein, New York State, President, AT&TDear Friends,

Last month, in front of more than 200 attendees of the Tech Valley Startup Meetup, AT&T launched the Tech Valley Civic App Challenge — a two-month challenge for local software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to build smartphone apps that serve community needs.

AT&T partnered with University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth) and local tech champions Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive, Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate 518 and Hack Upstate to bring this innovative challenge to the Tech Valley. 

You can click this video below to learn all about it

App Challenge Video
Coders participating in the challenge will compete for prizes totaling $18,000, and teams must include at least one member currently residing in one of the 19 counties that make up the Tech Valley or attend one of the region’s colleges or universities.

AT&T’s challenge has earned media coverage across the region including these highlights: 

 Ulster County Executive Invites Tech Companies to Participate in AT&T Civic App Challenge on Time Warner News
 University at Albany puts the call out that AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Seeks Mobile Apps to Address Region’s Social and Civic Issues
 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Inside Rensselaer describes how AT&T partners with area universities, businesses, and technology organizations to challenge local developers to create smartphone apps to serve the community
 Albany Business Review reports on how AT&T brings civic app challenge to Tech Valley 
 Troy Record shares Mobile provider, local tech hosting app contest

Submissions will be judged on their potential impact on the Tech Valley, execution and creativity or novelty. Among the judges are tech experts, community tech leaders and elected officials, including Senator George A. Amedore Jr., Assemblymember John T. McDonald III and New York State’s Chief Technology Officer, Kishor Bagul.

AT&T's commitment to the Tech Valley tech sector grows out of our company's multibillion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future.

By encouraging Tech Valley career technologists and students to explore smartphone software development the company spotlights the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy while keeping jobs in the Tech Valley.

You can get the latest updates on the challenge by following the hashtag #TechValleyATT on Twitter.

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Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T

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