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Dyn organizes 'Hackademy' to inspire entrepreneurs

By Union Leader Staff
May 17. 2013 8:50PM

MANCHESTER — Dyn, an Internet and email services provider, is hosting its first-ever “Hackademy” through Sunday at its Manchester headquarters on Dow Street.

“It’s our effort to inspire the next generation of technical leaders and entrepreneurs,” said company spokesman Adam Coughlin.

Hackademy, which began Thursday, merges the educational opportunities of an academy with the technical passion of a hackathon in a four-day program that is open to college juniors with technology majors, by invitation only.

The program features coding workshops, networking opportunities and a mini-hackathon offering a chance for participants to collaborate on web application projects.

The 20-plus college juniors who were accepted into the program get three nights lodging and meals.

“Hackademy is designed to get a bunch of bright young tech enthusiasts to come to a place like Dyn and learn how to build Web apps,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, the Dyn CEO who helped create the event. “Everybody talks about building cool Web apps and technology, but a lot of people don’t know how to get started. We hope this is a way people can get started and learn.”

While the program will be beneficial for the students, it also offers a unique way for Dyn to recruit future talent.

“We wanted to bring students in to see what it’s like at a technology company,” Hitchcock continued. “We hope we veer some of them off to do cool startups. And then, as their senior year continues, they think about our cool work environment and want to be part of it. Maybe some of them will come back to Dyn and be part of our team.”

Entrants come from colleges throughout New England, and are pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related technical major.

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