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Vermont: Is There an App for That?

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in Way of (Vermont) Life

Techies will gather later this month and compete to create an app, digital product, website or widget that will benefit the Vermont community at the second annual Vermont Hackathon. Competitors will have the chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes!

Participants, who can work in teams, will have 24 hours and access to open-source data sets on topics including public transit, population density and regional distribution of breweries — all with the goal of creating something useful for the Vermont community. The Hackathon will take place at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, and it is believed to be the first hackathon to benefit a state. It begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 and goes until 6 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Apps will be judged on innovation, user experience, presentation quality, ambition and execution. The five judges are from Vermont and are established in the tech community, including John Cohn from IBM; Julie Lerman of VT.NET; Rich Nadworny from Digalicious; Justin Cutroni from Google; and Cairn Cross of Fresh Tracks Capital.

Sponsors include MyWebGrocer,, Fairpoint Communications and several more as detailed here. Many local companies are providing food and prizes to participants.

The Vermont Office of the Creative Economy partnered with MyWebGrocer to help promote this year’s Hackathon. This state entity supports cutting-edge companies like MyWebGrocer and by facilitating networking opportunities, internships and resource acquisition. “High-tech companies are trailblazers for Vermont’s new economy,” the office’s director, Joe Bookchin, says, “creating dynamic work environments and high-paying jobs that challenge and inspire employees.”


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