Connecticut Technology Council Hosts 2nd CT Skills Challenge Hackathon Event

On December 3, 2016, at the Yale School of Management in New Haven, the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) hosted the top 50 collegiate computer programming students from local colleges and universities for a team hackathon competition. The hackathon is part of CTC’s ongoing Connecticut Skills Challenge Program, made possible through funding provided by CTNext. This was the second hackathon for the CT Skills Challenge in the past eight months, attracting talented programmers from across the state.

Leading up to the December 3rd event, the CTC engaged with fifteen colleges and universities throughout Connecticut (Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College, Manchester Community College, Norwalk Community College, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Bridgeport, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Yale University, and Western Connecticut State University) and held qualifying competitions on several campuses. Once the qualifying competitions finished on November 7, 2016 the top fifty coders were notified and invited to the December 3rd hackathon event. Students competed on teams of five for large cash prizes ($5000 for 1st place, $2500 for second place, and $1500 for third place) and the chance to showcase their skills for Connecticut employers. The winning teams were:

  1. Anthony Dell’Agli (University of Connecticut), Tyler Dresselhouse (Quinnipiac University), Matt Fishman (Quinnipiac University), Brandon Loehle (Quinnipiac University), and Alexander Thimineur (Quinnipiac University)
  2. Kyle Dougherty (Sacred Heart University), Ryan Lim (Yale University), Priyanka Prabhu (Sacred Heart University), Mahdi Saeikhalili (Housatonic Community College), and Chris Wager (Sacred Heart University)
  3. Mark Bluemer (University of Connecticut), John Bojorquez (University of Connecticut), Domenick D’Onofrio (University of Connecticut), Chioma Ezete (University of Connecticut), and Aaron Huang (University of Connecticut)

The 2016 CT Skills Challenge was generously sponsored by the following organizations – Independent Software/A100, Continuity, Core Informatics, Etouches, Kitchen Brains,, NewOak, and Tsunami Tsolutions. Other supporters of the program were – Arccos Golf, Capital Workforce Partners, goEcart, MEA Mobile, OWL Computing Technologies, Reality Interactive, and The Workforce Alliance.

The CTC is already planning for the next round of the CT Skills Challenge coming in the fall of 2017. For more information and to find out how to get your company or school involved contact Katie Magboo, CTC Manager of Talent & Workforce Programs ( or 860.289.0878 ext 340)

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