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On Saturday February 7th, the University of Notre Dame welcomed State of Indiana and City of South Bend officials to Innovation Park to celebrate the ongoing #hackINvTX challenge.  Several student and entrepreneurial teams from around the state are competing for two separate prizes of $4000 each.  This event served as an opportunity for students to speak with state officials and join in a networking lunch with community and university leaders.

Don Ginocchio, SAP University Alliance Director for Notre Dame, served as master of ceremonies.  After welcoming guests, he introduced the three speakers that discussed innovation at Notre Dame, the State of Indiana, and the City of South Bend.  Featured speakers were:

  • John Affleck-Graves - Executive Vice President, University of Notre Dame
  • Paul Baltzell - Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana
  • Santiago Garces - City of South Bend Innovation Office

SAP and University Alliances are serving as sponsors of the University of Notre Dame and South Bend community participation in the Hack Indiana Series:  Indiana vs. Texas Challenge.  Civic hacking is an opportunity for citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate and create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to neighborhoods, cities, states or the country.  Students, business professionals, and entrepreneurs are welcome to participate.

The #hackINvTX Challenge is a three-week hackathon designed to invigorate an entrepreneurial culture and equip students with marketable skills while encouraging relationship formation and camaraderie across states. The Challenge will engage students and professionals already actively contributing to the Indiana tech space and will potentially lead to seeding new ventures and job-creators.  You can learn more at Hack Indiana Series: Indiana vs. Texas Challenge - TechPoint