Earth Day Texas and HackDFW Partner to Launch EARTHACK
First-ever environmental hackathon to debut April 21-23 at Earth Day Texas
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DALLAS (March 8, 2017) – Earth Day Texas (EDTx) and HackDFW partner to present the first-ever EARTHACK, an environmental hackathon designed to inspire tech-savvy creators to solve real-world issues within 36 hours. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will feature celebrity judges.
In this unique and creative venture, more than 1,000 high school, undergraduate and graduate student “hackers,” as well as technology professionals, are invited to join forces at Fair Park on April 21-23 and apply their tech skills to bring innovative solutions to environmental issues.
“This exciting and important new program will expand the local, national and international reach of Earth Day Texas,” says EDTx CEO Ryan A. Brown. “This platform provides students and tech professionals with a space to be innovative, but also to create environmental solutions that can be implemented on a global scale.”
The partnership between Earth Day Texas and HackDFW will foster an introduction of new-age technology, research and software in a combined effort to bring technology and real-world environmental issues under one roof.
“The idea is to spur creative thinking and innovative concepts that can be implemented for use around the world by government agencies, environmental organizations and within prominent industry-leading businesses,” Brown adds.
“HackDFW is excited to partner with Earth Day Texas to launch EARTHACK in Dallas,” says HackDFW Executive Director Adam Kila. “Through our newest hackathon, we hope to spur creative innovations from some of the brightest minds in our North Texas communities and from around the world in the service of conservation and the future of our communities and the planet.”
Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and much more.
Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased more than 700 exhibitors and 250 speakers, with more than 130,000 attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. This year, EDTx expects an even bigger turnout.
“To date, we have already secured more than 400 exhibitors,” says Brown. “With our new programs, such as EARTHACK and expanded offerings and conferences, we anticipate more than 150,000 attendees.”
Attend Earth Day Texas 2017
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19-23, 2017 (some events by invite only)
WHERE: Fair Park, Dallas Texas
ADMISSION: Free; special fees apply to select conferences and events.
INFORMATION: 214-310-1200; earthdaytx.org
About Earth Day Texas
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and more. Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased more than 800 exhibitors and 250 speakers, with more than 130,000 attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. For more information, visit http://www.earthdaytx.org.
HackDFW is a 501(c)(3) Texas nonprofit and a leading technology-driven events and consulting firm dedicated to enabling, educating and empowering people in technology. HackDFW primarily hosts Hackathons for students and professionals, in partnership with nonprofit organizations and influential fortune 500 corporations, to promote business growth, entrepreneurship and modernization of the world. Some notable collaborating companies include Cisco, AT&T, Microsoft, Sabre, IBM, Intuit, Oculus Rift, State Farm and SapientNitro.
For more information, visit www.hackdfw.com.
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Rosalynn Vasquez, Earth Day Texas
Contact: Matt Myers, Earth Day Texas
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