Emergency Communications Network sponsors the University of Houston’s premier hackathon

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emergency communications networkStudents from the University of Houston (UH) will have a chance to show off their technical skills as they team up to participate in the university’s first major hackathon. The event shares its name with CodeRED, the lifesaving mass notification system provided by Emergency Communications Network (ECN).

More than 500 undergraduate and graduate students from all four UH universities are expected to attend the hackathon on April 3, 2015. Participants will form a team of four and are encouraged to build whatever they want, including websites, applications and hardware hacks.

Emergency Communications Network is sponsoring the CodeRED hackathon alongside other technology companies, including Microsoft, Flow-Cal and Pariveda Solutions. The event is sanctioned by the official student hackathon league, Major League Hacking.

Mentors will be available to help participants realize their ideas. Todd Davidson, ECN’s Lead Developer, will be among the team of mentors helping students with their efforts.

Gary Van Opdorp, ECN’s Director of Technology, will be a featured speaker at the opening ceremony in addition to being a judge for the competition. Sarah Glista, ECN’s Quality Assurance Intern, will also be attending the event. The ECN team is looking forward to sponsoring an event designed to inspire innovation.

“My staff and I are very excited about the participating in an event of this scale,” said Van Opdorp. “This is an opportunity for Emergency Communications Network to get involved in the leading edge of technology, and interface with the some of the brightest and best young talent in software development.”

As an industry leader in mass communication, ECN is supportive of students gaining experience with new technologies. ECN is always hiring talented software developers, software engineers and mobile app developers to their team. Current open positions are listed on the ECN website.