Neumont College of Computer Science Announces Student and Alumni Team Members for the 2018 Byte-for-bite Hackathon

November 9, 2018 (Salt Lake City) -- Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce their official roster for the 2018 Byte-for-Bite Hackathon, held downtown Salt Lake City at Church and State (3710 South 300 East), kicking off Friday, November 9 and ending on Saturday, November 10.

From a field of more than 400 current students at Neumont, Christopher Robinson, Nathan Gift, Kent Stringer, Adam Holbert, and Jorge Pineda were chosen to represent the institution. Robinson is a currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Gaming Development, while Stringer, Gift, Holbert and Pineda are in the Computer Science degree program. Neumont alums Bryan Foster, director of software development for GPS Capital Markets, and Adam Bussdieker, GPS Capital Markets software engineer, will also be part of the Neumont sponsored team.

“At Neumont, we are constantly challenging our students with real-world projects and opportunities to think about technology in new and different ways,” said Neumont president Aaron Reed, Ed.D. “This particular hackathon is one that Neumont is especially honored to be part of as our students and alumni can utilize their skills and expertise for an immediate and lasting impact in our community.”

Reed says that “Neumont culture is one that is passionate about technology, computer science, and we see first-hand the life-changing effects education can have on individuals, families and the community.”

Britta Nelson, Neumont director of corporate relations helped put Neumont’s hackathon team together. She explained, “You see an excitement for technology in our faculty, our alumni and our students; and this hackathon will be a chance to channel that passion and experience into something beneficial and meaningful for so many children and families in Salt Lake.” As part of her role, Nelson manages Neumont’s Enterprise Partner Program, placing students with local and national companies on actual project teams giving them first had industry experience before graduation. These partnerships ultimately lead to Neumont’s participation in Bite-for-Byte.

She says that hackathons are a storied tradition in the tech world. While typically held over multiple days, the events usually include a large number of people meeting to engage in collaborative computer programing with the goal of creating a functioning product by the end of the event.

This year’s 2018 Bite-for-Byte Hackathon is focused on creating an application that connects students and parents relying on school lunch programs with the Granite School Foundation to ensure students are getting meals on the weekends and during school breaks. Proceeds from the event will go towards granting a wish for a child battling a critical illness via the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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