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AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge winners to be announced

Winners will demo their community-focused mobile apps, and $18,000 in prizes will be awarded

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Winners will be awarded prizes totaling $18,000, with a grand prize of $10,000.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — AT&T and regional organizations seeking high-tech solutions to local problems will meet at dig Buffalo on Thursday, Dec. 4 to announce the winners of the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge, which asked developers to deliver mobile apps benefiting the community.

What: Join partners from AT&T and the region as they announce the winners of the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

This two-month virtual hackathon challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists to build and deliver mobile civic apps that benefit the Western New York community. Winners will be awarded prizes totaling $18,000, with a grand prize of $10,000.

In addition to AT&T, organizers included the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, UB’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach, the State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, LaunchNY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

All apps were judged by a panel of local tech experts, community stakeholders and elected officials, who based their decisions on the apps’ potential impact on Western New York; execution; and creativity or novelty. Winning apps will be demoed following the announcement.

When: Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: dig Buffalo Headquarters, 640 Ellicott St. Parking is available across the street at 589 Ellicott St.

Who: In addition to finalists, stakeholders who will attend the event include:

  • Sean Ryan, New York State assemblyman
  • Neil Giacobbi, director, public affairs, AT&T
  • Martin Casstevens, manager, business formation and commercialization, University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach
  • Jessica Edwards, curator, d!g Buffalo
  • Michael Weiner, president and CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Marnie LaVigne, president and CEO, LaunchNY
  • Patrick Finucane, treasurer, InfoTech Niagara
  • Dan Magnuszewski, managing partner, Z80 Labs

Interviews will be available following the news conference with the winners and judges.

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