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Smart Cities & Hurricane Relief Hackathon coming to Boca Raton

on September 25, 2019 / by Nikki Cabus ,

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Palm Beach Tech & Office Depot partner up with $4,000 in prizes

Boca Raton, Fla. – The 4th Annual Palm Beach Tech Hackathon is being hosted by Office Depot at their Boca Raton headquarters on October 4th through 6th, 2019. Florida Power & Light and the City of Boca Raton are also presenting sponsors of this 24-hour overnight challenge, with a “Smart Cities & Hurricane Relief” theme.

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“This is our big chance as a tech community to help our neighbors, our cities, and those in need,” said Joe Russo, Palm Beach Tech’s CEO.

Teams will consist of engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs, with successful teams having a mix of these areas of expertise and winners walking away with a combination of cash and in ­kind prizes. The prize pool has also more than doubled this year, with a $2,500 grand prize to the winning team.

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Andy Parry, Office Depot

“Local developers and entrepreneurs have a wonderful opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions that can really have an impact in our community,” said Andy Parry, Office Depot’s Vice President of IT Applications.

Last year’s Hackathon attracted over 100 corporate executives, industry professionals, and talented university students. Friday night will be a kickoff, with teams starting on Saturday morning, and an expert panel of judges deciding the winners on Sunday morning.

“We believe entrepreneurs play a critical role in developing technologies that shape our community,” said Pedro Moras, Innovation Strategist for the City of Boca Raton. “We’re excited to see the results of this years Hackathon and identify opportunities for us to work together.”

Top tech organizations such as Levatas, Modernizing Medicine, Amazon Web Services, Atos, and many more will be in attendance, in addition to students from local colleges and universities such as Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern, and the University of Miami.


About Palm Beach Tech

The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association building South Florida into a Tech Hub. They work with software, engineering, digital, and information technology companies throughout South Florida. 

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Smart Cities & Hurricane Relief Hackathon coming to Boca Raton