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Students compete in Hackathon to design mobile web site for city

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Augusta, GA (WFXG) - Eyes glued to computer screens, generating endless codes of data, these students might be considered the biggest nerds in school. But in the broader world, these are some of the brightest minds in the CSRA participating in a Hackathon.

"Hacking...would I tell you if I had experience in hacking?" said Rodger Stallworth, a senior majoring in computer information at Georgia Southern University.

The contestants aren't breaking into computer systems or accessing secret passwords, they've entered into a competition.

"We have been tasked to create a mobile web site for the city of Augusta that will give users a tour of the city based on famous locations around the town," said Zachary Gunter, a senior from University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Each group designing an original platform for users to interact on their cell phones.

"I want to create a social aspect to it so it's not just a standard web page," Stallworth said. "I want you to be able to go on the web page and comment on the different areas."

The City of Augusta partnered with Rural Sourcing, Inc., a company specializing in software development and support for business applications. The Hackathon is their way of encouraging an interest in STEM programs.

"Science, technology, energy and math are something that our country and our state need a little bit more of," said Ashley Gross, marketing manager at Rural Sourcing, Inc. "This is just something to continue to promote that and get college students involved."

And as the city continues graduating students with information technology skills, they intend to keep those bright minds in the area; working towards a bright economic future for the CSRA.

Gunter and his classmates from the University of South Carolina, Aiken won the hackathon. They will be offered an internship with the City of Augusta to finish their mobile website.

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