Four-day event will inspire the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
Manchester, NH (April 28, 2014) – Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet performance solutions, announced today it will hold its second annual Hackademy, from May 15 to May 18, at its Manchester, NH, headquarters, in an effort to educate and inspire future technology entrepreneurs. The students will be creating mobile apps to be used by New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
The Hackademy, which fuses the entrepreneurial spirit and technical focus of a hackathon with the networking and mentorship of an academy, was designed with one goal in mind: to emphasize to young entrepreneurs and developers the value of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education, as well as how to put that knowledge to use in creating a new product or feature.
“Our Hackademy brings together ambitious tech enthusiasts to collaborate and build apps,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, Dyn CEO and creator of the Hackademy. “Everybody talks about building cool apps and innovative solutions to current problems, but a lot of people don’t know how to get started. We hope this is a way to set people on a path that will lead to a bright future. Additionally, it gives them the chance to see a fast-paced tech environment. We hope that makes them realize what is possible.”
This year nearly a quarter of the 22 students attending the four-day invite-only program are female. Students will be arriving from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of New Hampshire Durham, University of New Hampshire Manchester, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester Community College, NHTI, Champlain College, and Northern Essex Community College.
The students will receive three nights lodging, meals and plenty of free gear, in addition to educational classes from top technology professionals as well as a chance to collaborate in teams on a new app. This year’s twist: the students will develop mobile apps for non-profit NH organizations. Those organizations include the Moore Center, the Aviation Museum of NH, Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Washington Observatory, Families In Transition and New Horizons.
“There are many non-profit organizations that would like their services to be available through the latest technology devices including mobile but they just don’t have the budget,” said Ali Rafieymehr, Dean of Dyn University and Director of Instructional Design. “Through our mentorship program, the students will be able to develop software that will be used by many people. This allows students to feel that they are contributing to a good cause and gives those organizations a mobile presence.”
Last year’s Hackademy culminated with a 36-hour-long hackathon that ended with the unveiling of five new apps, the source codes of which are freely available online. The 17 students from across the country we’re quoted as saying: “As an entrepreneur, this fuels me and motivates me to build a company like Dyn” and “The access to senior managers and the CEO was great.”
“Our guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the top industry experts in the world of Internet Infrastructure and technology and be mentored by them,” Rafieymehr said. “Because of this we only accept the best and brightest so that the students can make the most of their time at Dyn and show the community what our young workforce is capable of even before they’ve completed their education.”
While the program will be beneficial for the students, it also offers a unique way for Dyn to recruit future talent while supporting the STEAM initiative and ultimately giving back to the community and furthering the development of the NH ecosystem.
“The Hackademy is reflective of our early beginnings when we were a small student-led project crowdfunding our initial hardware,” Hitchcock said. “We hope this leads these student to start their own cool startups. And then, as their senior year continues and comes to an end, they either have their own business or think about our unique work environment and want to be part of it. Maybe some of them will come back to Dyn and be part of our team.”
The Hackademy is just one of several initiatives Dyn is taking to promote education and tech entrepreneurship. The company hosts their annual Geek Summer Camp in August, which is a celebration of the Internet infrastructure industry. They are also avid supporters of STEAM Ahead NH, a revolutionary private/public educational program, the Technology and Innovation Academy at SEE, as well as creating Dyn University to give employees access to further education and skills-based training.
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