BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of tech geeks in Buffalo for a big conference worked throughout the night until about 4 a.m. Tuesday, all for a good cause. It's being called the Hackathon, and their hard work will help Roswell Park Cancer Institute with an annual event.
In the middle of the night our photographer went to the Hyatt in Buffalo to see if the computer whizzes were still awake or passed out in front of their computers. They were wide awake and making progress.
Event organizer J.D. Ross said, “We have about 700 of them in town so we thought, what a better way to bring them into a room together for one night and give them a mission of building a new website for the Ride for Roswell.”
Computer whiz Alex Hosselet said, “For all of us this is an ideal time to work, despite the fact were working until the wee hours of the morning.”
They're from different states and countries, all with one common goal, creating a new website for the Ride for Roswell.
Hosselet said, “It’s been really interesting to watch because I've never been to a Hackathon before.”
Assistant Director of Web Karen Cincotti said, “They had their content people, their designers, their copywriters, their architecture, their site nav people and their developers, like the real back end people.”
These volunteers will help the organization save and raise money for cancer research.
This event was the centerpiece of the high-ed web annual conference. The keynote speaker was Apple Co Founder Steve Wozniak. A man who knows how important computer whizzes are in our society.
Wozniak said, “College aged people want to be in the startup things. They want to be entrepreneurs, they want to make a mark and help change life for all of us.”
The tech conference chose Roswell because a committee member from here is a big part of the organization and wanted to help out a place that helps so many people.
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