Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Announces Support for nHacks High School Hack-a-thon

nHacks logoMichigan connected technologies trade association supports high school student-focused hack-a-thon event designed to encourage students to pursue computer science-related careers

DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) today announced its support of the 2nd annual nHacks High School Hack-a-thon event taking place on Saturday, June 17th at Flextech Academy in Novi, MI. The event is free to attend for all high school students, but does require advance registration on the event website at http://nHacks.org.

nHacks is Michigan’s first hack-a-thon focused on bringing together a community of high-school students, at all levels of experience and diverse backgrounds, to engage in collaboration and innovation toward the creation of websites, mobile apps, or even hardware hacks.

Those attending the event will receive free refreshments, T-shirts and swag from sponsors, as well as workshops and mentoring by representatives from small business, enterprises and universities on topics such as web, Android and iOS development and more.

MTAM’s sponsorship of the event includes prizes for event winners, pre-event promotion, and a keynote address from Executive Director, Linda Daichendt.

Discussing MTAM’s decision to sponsor the event, Daichendt indicates, “Computer science is a basic building block for most who want to pursue a career in connected technologies of any kind, which is obviously important to our organization. Government data and analyst studies have indicated that by 2020 we should expect to see a nationwide shortage of 1.4 million people for computer science / connected technologies-related positions, and in Michigan our share of that shortage is expected to be over 100,000 people. That’s three years from now! Unfortunately, we’re not doing enough here in Michigan to encourage our students to pursue these careers, particularly students in high school who will be our next level workforce. So when we saw a high school student-focused hack-a-thon, we knew it was an event we needed to support as part of our effort to ensure that Michigan is able to build a strong computer science talent pool.”

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About MTAM

MTAM is a non-profit trade association for Michigan’s mobile / wireless (connected) technologies industry and businesses in all industries utilizing those technologies. We are the first state-based mobile/wireless industry trade association in the U.S., and our mission is: • to facilitate conversation/collaboration between varied sectors of the mobile/wireless eco-system; serve as the bridge to enable diverse organizations to understand each other’s perspectives and needs in order to drive new innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; • to increase the use of, and demand for, Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; • to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; • to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; • and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. We are also the statewide producer of Mobile Monday Michigan – a mobile / wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization based in Finland. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000+ members statewide.
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