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Students Participate in HackNJIT to Develop & Innovate

November 07, 2014

As the late great Warren Zevon famously sang, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.” That seems to be the modus operandi of college students participating in this coming weekend’s HackNJIT, a 24-hour hackathon running Nov. 8 through Nov. 9 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

HackNJIT welcomes any 18-year-old or older undergraduate college student from any school to participate, and there’s no registration fee involved. Participants can bring a laptop, charger, and other hardware they might need; desktops are not allowed – and will be creating projects on site. Students are free to use any open source frameworks or third-party APIs in these efforts.

When it comes to staying awake, it never hurts to have a little candy – or in this case Kandy. That works out nicely because GENBAND’s Kandy initiative will be among the sponsors of the upcoming HackNJIT.

“Kandy allows anyone to be an architect, a builder, or an entrepreneur,” Paul Pluschkell, executive vice president of strategy and cloud services for GENBAND and the founder of Kandy, explained.

Offered as a platform-as-a-service, Kandy allows service providers like telephone companies to expose their network resources using APIs, SDKs, and Quick Starts so developers can more easily leverage them to bring real-time communications to their applications. The great thing about Kandy is that it enables businesses to connect with their customers in the places they choose to be and work, and it allows them expedite the introduction of real-time communications features in the interfaces of their choice by providing an array of network resources in easy-to-use building blocks.

GENBAND’s Kandy is one of 11 HackNJIT sponsors. Amazon’s Audible, AT&T, and Tata Consultancy Services are among the others.

Hackathons like HackNJIT are important because they bring people together in an environment that encourages collaborative and intense group problem solving and can unleash innovation. For student developers, hackathons can offer a fun challenge and the ability to demonstrate their skills to their peers and the academic and/or professional community. Hackathon stagers and sponsors benefit because these events allow them to interface with some of the most engaged developers and see in real-time what they are capable of delivering while also getting a fresh view on how to solve development challenges. 

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