ATLANTA – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, today announced that Team MTM-Hack, who developed a solution for the American Cancer Society, are the winners of the first ever Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational.
The Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational is a unique event whereby teams of hackers are invited to develop mobility solutions for national based non-profits in a competition for $30,000 in cash prizes. Teams of programmers, developers and coders were invited to compete in the event 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.
MTM-Hack, which was lead by Tamby Kojak and included team members Matt Byrne and Mahmoud Abouelnasr, bested 5 other presenting teams, winning $12,000 as the overall winner of the competition. Their application was developed for American Cancer Society and enabled cancer survivors to connect through the My Cancer Survivor Network which consists of message boards, real time messaging, mapping, and an experience tracker.
Teams Superfly and Magenic also took home first place honors in their respective categories with each team winning $3,000.
Team Superfly’s project, submitted by Steve Bussey, created a mobile-friendly website that allows Boys & Girls Club alumni and members to connect.
Team Magenic was made up of Dalon Huntington, Nathan Dupuis, and Todd Richardson. Their submission, which also won Audience Favorite, included an augmented reality experience that users can use to interact with the The Extra Mile- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway monument in Washington DC.
The winners were chosen from among 13 participating teams including:
• Azul Arc hacking back for
• Blue Crystal Web Design
• Magenic – Points of Light
• Pariveda Solutions
• Sogeti USA Team for ACS
• Team Aaron’s
• Team CMC Americas
• Team Slalom Labs (Slabs)
• The Magical Magenicons
“We congratulate our winning teams, and all our participants in this year’s extremely strong competition,” stated TAG President/CEO Tino Mantella. “We look forward to seeing these solutions put to good use by our participating non-profits and we thank all of our sponsors, judges and volunteers who have made the Mobility Live Hackback Invitational possible.”
“We are proud to partner with TAG on this inaugural event honoring the creativity, innovation and technical talents of these teams to solve real-life problems,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This is another great example of the mobility assets in metro Atlanta’s innovation economy.”
Media personalities Dana Barrett of WAFS-AM’s The Dana Barrett Show and Atlanta Tech Edge correspondent, Angel Maldonado of WXIA-TV served as emcees for the event, which was held Tuesday, September 23rd at Midtown Atlanta’s Opera entertainment complex.
Held in conjunction with the 2014 Mobility Live Conference in Atlanta, the Hack Back Invitational is a month-long hack-a-thon designed to expose the nation’s tech talent and entrepreneurs to Georgia’s mobile technology sector, while assisting leading non-profits.
For a complete list of all winners and for more information visit: 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. 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/.