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April 29. 2014 7:41PM

Hackademy at Dyn in Manchester will target nonprofits

MANCHESTER — Twenty-two students will collaborate in mid-May to develop mobile apps for several nonprofits, including New Horizons and Families in Transition.

Dyn, a tech company based that focuses on Internet performance, announced this week it will hold its second annual Hackademy, from May 15 to May 18 at its Manchester headquarters.

“Our Hackademy brings together ambitious tech enthusiasts to collaborate and build apps,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, Dyn CEO and creator of the Hackademy, in a prepared statement. “Everybody talks about building cool apps and innovative solutions to current problems, but a lot of people don’t know how to get started. We hope this is a way to set people on a path that will lead to a bright future. Additionally, it gives them the chance to see a fast-paced tech environment. We hope that makes them realize what is possible.”

The Hackademy, which fuses the entrepreneurial spirit and technical focus of a hackathon with the networking and mentorship of an academy, was designed with one goal in mind: to emphasize to young entrepreneurs and developers the value of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education, as well as how to put that knowledge to use in creating a new product or feature.

The four-day invitation-only program will include students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of New Hampshire Durham, University of New Hampshire Manchester, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester Community College, NHTI, Champlain College and Northern Essex Community College.

The students will receive three-nights lodging, meals, and educational classes from top technology professionals as well as a chance to collaborate in teams on a new app. This year’s twist: the students will develop mobile apps for non-profit NH organizations, including the Moore Center, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America, the Mt. Washington Observatory, Families In Transition and New Horizons.

“There are many nonprofit organizations that would like their services to be available through the latest technology devices including mobile but they just don’t have the budget,” said Ali Rafieymehr, dean of Dyn University and director of instructional design. “Through our mentorship program, the students will be able to develop software that will be used by many people.”


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