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Support the ProLiteracy Hackathon: Sept. 13, 14

This article was originally posted on the Hack Upstate Blog.

In just under two weeks, Hack Upstate invites you to join Central New York’s best developers and designers as they come together to fight global adult illiteracy. Recognizing the civic-minded spirit and potential for innovation among CNY’s technology community, Syracuse-based non-profit ProLiteracy claims host to its first hackathon at its headquarters in the Near West Side of Syracuse. The hackathon will run from September 13-14th.

Join us at the first ProLiteracy Hackathon // Source - ProLiteracy
Join us at the first ProLiteracy Hackathon // Source – ProLiteracy

The two-day hackathon, co-organized by the Syracuse Tech Garden, calls on local developers to leverage emerging technologies to better enable the education of adults. Issues of concern are restricted not only to traditional non-literacy, but also indolent program waiting lists, health literacy, incarceration and recidivism, and career- and college-readiness.

For their efforts, the most creative, effective products will be rewarded with up to $2,500 in cash prizes.

Hacking commences Saturday, September 13 at 10 am with an overview of the problem at large and concludes Sunday at 6 pm, at which time teams present their work to a panel of qualified judges.

Admission is free; the event is located at the ProLiteracy headquarters at 104 Marcellus Street in Syracuse, New York.​

To sign up or learn more about the event, head to:

Billy Ceskavich

Billy is an Engagement Fellow and Masters candidate in the iSchool's Information Management program. He's an avid fan of consumer technology and the startup space, having worked in the industry both in Syracuse and Silicon Valley. He's active on Twitter (@ceskavich) or can be contacted directly via email (

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