Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Encourages Ulster County's Tech Companies To Compete In The Civic App Challenge

Posted March 23, 2015

Local Developers are Invited to Create Mobile Apps to Serve the Community

Kingston, NY – County Executive Mike Hein invites Ulster County’s tech companies to participate in the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge happening right now.  The Challenge is a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which innovative thinkers, designers, artists, developers and entrepreneurs are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building intuitive and novel smartphone apps that address the societal and civic issues in the greater Tech Valley (Hudson Valley and Capital District) community. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000. The official link to the video for the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge: https://youtu.be/bSV1cQfzgVY

“Ulster County is home to an incredible number of talented and innovative technology professionals,” said County Executive Hein.  “As our society evolves, governments are using more technologies to remain responsive.  I look forward to seeing the apps which are created and applaud the Challenge for highlighting our community.” 

County Executive Hein continued, “I applaud Kale Kaposhilin and the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup for creating a forum for our local technology community and I am happy to announce that the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance will be sponsoring this important organization’s meetups in Ulster County.”

Hudson Valley Tech Meetup is a local partner in the AT&T challenge.  According to Co-Founder Kale Kaposhilin, “Hudson Valley Tech Meetup was formed to unite professionals who are interested in web technology and development, design, and entrepreneurialism.  Our goal is to provide an outlet for collaboration and education, thus strengthening the New York’s Tech Valley community. We’re very happy and excited to be a major partner on this project.”   To join this great community, visit: www.meetup.com/hvtech.

The challenge, facilitated by Hack Upstate, was announced in front of more than 200 regional technologists and entrepreneurs, and will run until May 1. Coders, designers, entrepreneurs and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at techvalleyatt.hackupstate.com. And interested persons can follow the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag #TechValleyATT.

Pictured below: County Executive Mike Hein and Kale Kaposhilin