Last month, AT&T launched the Western New York Civic App Challenge, a two-month challenge for local software developers to build smartphone apps that serve community needs.
AT&T worked with University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and local tech champions InfoTech Niagara, Z80 Labs, LaunchNY, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.
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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 eight counties that make up Western New York or attend one of the region’s colleges or universities.
AT&T’s challenge has earned media coverage across the region including these highlights:
AT&T’s partners describing the challenge on Buffalo's lifestyle morning show "Winging It! Buffalo Style" on WNLO
Buffalo Business First explains how “App development has financial reward”
Buffalo News puts the call out of “civic minded app developers sought for app challenge”
Submissions will be judged on their potential impact on Western New York, execution and creativity or novelty. Among the judges are tech experts, community tech leaders and elected officials.
AT&T's commitment to Western New York’s tech sector grows out of our company's multibillion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future.
By encouraging Western New York’s 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 Western New York.
You can get the latest updates on the challenge by following the hashtag #ATTWNY on Twitter.
New York State President, AT&T