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Newark Tech Week April 3-7, 2013

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Amanda Spann, CMO
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Blerdology Announces #BlackHack Newark Charity Hackathon and Tech Weekend
April 4-7

African-American tech social enterprise teams with the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School, MailChimp, Brick City Development Corp and Initiative Consulting Group to benefit the Center for Collaborative Change

Newark, NJ March 13, 2013 – Blerdology, the premier provider of minority-focused hackathons, is pleased to announce the next installation of its signature hackathon series #BlackHack in Newark, NJ April 6-7 at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. The charity event will rally MailChimp, Brick City Development Corp, and Initiative Consulting Group to close a 4-day tech weekend to raise funds for the Center for Collaborative Change (CCC) and promote high-growth entrepreneurship among Brick City residents and beyond.

#BlackHack Newark will bring together minority coders and developers to build new and innovative apps and websites overnight in a friendly competitive format. #BlackHack attendees are exposed to a wealth of industry insights and business consulting and have the opportunity to get their resumes in the hands of top tech corporations. Building projects on site for little to no cost, #BlackHacks are a novel way for budding entrepreneurs to get their projects off the ground and an unmatched opportunity to network, meet, and recruit top minority tech talent from around the region. Admission for the event is free, however participants are encouraged to make donations for CCC, an organization that engages local community members and assists civic leadership in developing policies and programs to accelerate Newark’s revitalization through an inclusive process.

The tech weekend will bringing together private, public and government organizations from around the city for a celebration of innovation set to kick off on April 4 with TEDxNJIT. The following day will include a youth STEM session, a policy discussion on the future of Newark tech and a Newark Tech Happy Hour, co-sponsored by TEDxNJIT and Brick City Tech, at Loft 47 from 5-8pm.

“We are so excited to bring Blerdology to Newark, a city with incredible residents who are working hard to build one of the most innovative and forward-thinking cities in America,” says Blerdology CEO Kat Calvin.”Our greatest hope is that this four-day tech showcase can bring together the tech, business and political communities to foster collaboration and innovation and show off all that Brick City has to offer.”

Blerdology is focused on the enhancement and celebration of the back tech community and is black tech’s portal to all things blerdy. The budding social enterprise seeks to promote initiatives that fuel ambitions, facilitate collaboration and make blerd life just a little bit more awesome.

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About Rutgers Business School
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick is an integral part of one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most distinguished institutions of higher learning: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – founded in 1766. Rutgers Business School has been accredited since 1941 by AACSB International–the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—a distinction that represents the hallmark of excellence in management education. Today, Rutgers Business School is educating more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students at two main campuses in New Jersey as well as six satellite locations in New Jersey, China, and Singapore. Steeped in academic excellence, with a distinguished faculty and a corps of over 33,000 successful alumni, Rutgers Business School is highly ranked by the Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal. According to U.S. News & World Report, the MBA program is the #1 public MBA program in the New York Metropolitan area, and is ranked #30 nationwide for the employment rate of its graduates three months after graduation. Traditional Full-Time MBA and Flex MBA programs provide excellent options for people looking to gain the relevant skills needed to compete in today's job market.

About Brick City Development Corp
Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) is the primary economic development catalyst for Newark, New Jersey, organized to retain, attract and grow businesses, enhance small and minority business capacity, and spur real estate development within the city.
As a business development company, we initiate and execute economic development activities to produce and sustain economic growth, generate jobs and create wealth for the citizens of Newark. Our team serves as advocates within the city’s municipal structure and provides a hands-on client management approach.

About MailChimp
MailChimp makes it easy to design exceptional email campaigns, share them on social networks, integrate with web services you already use, manage subscribers, and track your results. You’ll love mixing and matching MailChimp’s templates, features, and integrations to suit your needs—think of it as your own personal publishing platform.

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