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Why HACKATHONclt?



‘coz us, you, we need much deserved respect,

‘coz every city worth its name in ‘silicon’ has one

‘coz 4 years ago when we started, we just got tired of all the ‘talk’ about one but there being none

‘coz doers do, talkers talk and hackers (need to/ must) hack

‘coz the 1st, biggest & only big data hackathon needed to be at home in #clt

The Founding Story



As cofounder of Tresata (the biggest, baddest, coolest tech company started in CLT), Abhishek Mehta (Abhi), had this idea of bringing to tresata’s home city an event that was rapidly defining tech scenes everywhere.

That simply was the idea behind #HACKATHONclt.

But ideas seldom make it past earlobes…while there was no dearth of talk (and some unwanted/unneeded envy) in the nascent tech community of CLT to do a hackathon, when presented with the idea, while opinions abounded, cojones to do it did not.

It was a chance mention of the idea at a meeting with Harris Teeter, an early Tresata customer, that Jim Clendenen & Chase Cabanillas (eCommerce & tech rock stars) decided to put Harris Teeter’s weight, data, & might behind the idea– to showcase CLT’s tech community!

Without them, that moment, that meeting…without Harris Teeter, this hackathon would have remained a dream.

Tresata and Harris Teeter remain the driving force behind this community event…whose only agenda is to give to our techies, nerds, geeks & the cool guys a day (night) to call their own!!

Why (not) Charlotte?



‘coz we “keep pounding” till we get there

‘coz we are a city built on ideas

‘coz we are great at creating out of nothing

‘coz the next big tech company will be born here

‘coz we may be polite…but when we…

‘coz we know how to solve problems

‘coz if there should be a data capital of the World it should be CLT

‘coz big hair, BBQ, big data, NASCAR & big tech just belong together

‘COZ WE WILL FAIL OUR COUNTRY IF WE ONLY BUILD ONE SILICON VALLEY…

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