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Hackanooga 2012: Ignite Chattanooga Hack Days Aims to Build Apps of the Future
Hackanooga 2012, Chattanooga’s first-ever hackathon, kicks off Sept. 14. Presented by U.S. Ignite and Mozilla, and sponsored by EPB, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the National Science Foundation , CO.LAB, Lamp Post Group and Easy Designs, the 48-hour event will connect experienced web developers to Chattanooga’s unique one-gigabit-per-second Internet speed.
Hailing from across the nation and overseas, 80 hackers will form teams and leverage the power of the Gig to prototype apps that require high bandwidth or use big data. Potential projects have been identified in areas such as education, clean energy, healthcare and public safety.
“We are very excited to work with the Chattanooga community – experimenting, hacking and tinkering on the city's leading-edge gigabit network,” said Ben Moskowitz, Media Program Officer for Mozilla. “We're proud to be part of the effort to create new public benefit applications with transformative potential. The work we do here will hopefully provide roadmaps and building blocks for those future apps.”
In June, Chattanooga teamed up with U.S. Ignite, a federally funded, public-private initiative that promotes the development of apps and services for ultra-fast broadband networks. As part of the initiative, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are hosting Mozilla Ignite, an open innovation challenge, with the goal of building apps that demonstrate the full potential of next-generation networks.
Ideas generated during Hackanooga could evolve into submissions for the Mozilla Ignite challenge, which offers $485,000 in awards as well as mentorship opportunities to help get apps off the ground.
“That’s one of the main purposes,” said Kelly McCarthy, Hackanooga organizer and Co-owner of Easy Designs. “Our hope is that people will make something that’s truly innovative and submit it to the competition.”
In the past several weeks, Hackanooga has partnered with Chattanooga organizations to come up with some big ideas that the hackers can use as a starting point. Potential projects also were born out of the Gigabit Apps Design Jam, a community-wide brainstorm session that took place in August at CO.LAB.
Some of the suggested apps are Chattanooga-focused, such as the “City Budget Visualizer.” The app would use advanced algorithms to help politicians – and citizens – visualize how particular budget choices affect Chattanooga’s taxes, services and infrastructure over a period of time. If viable, it could have implications far beyond the Gig City.
Other ideas include a system for improved medical self-monitoring, as well as an advanced, multi-media auction site – a new spin on eBay-like forums that would utilize video, sound, 3-D renderings and playable demos.
“Hackanooga further builds Chattanooga’s position as an emerging tech hub,” said J.Ed. Marston of the Chattanooga Chamber. “When combined with Chattanooga’s community-wide gig network, events like Hackanooga provide another compelling reason for talented developers to start taking a serious look at Chattanooga.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
The Labor Department says that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That is the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession started. The average has fallen by 53,500 applications over the past 12 months.
Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The current level of claims suggests that employers are holding on their workers with the expectation of stronger economic growth ahead.
Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, the Labor Department reported. Hiring has picked up after a slowdown caused by severe winter weather.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.
Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.
Many analysts have been expecting an improving economy to lift the housing market, which has been recovering over the past two years. But housing has struggled to maintain momentum. Rising home prices and higher mortgage rates have held back some potential home buyers. Others have had trouble qualifying for mortgages.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investment bank Goldman Sachs says its first-quarter earnings fell as fixed income trading slumped.
The bank earned $1.9 billion in the quarter, down 11 percent from the same period a year earlier when it made $2.2 billion.
The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted earnings of $3.49 a share.
Revenue totaled $9.3 billion, down 8 percent from a year earlier, when the bank generated revenue of $10.1 billion. The latest quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations of $8.7 billion.
Goldman's stock rose $2.78, or 1.8 percent, to $160 in pre-market trading.
NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo reports a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world.
The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, says global snack volume rose 2 percent while beverages were even from a year ago.
In its closely watched North American beverage unit, PepsiCo Inc. says volume was even. Growth in other drinks offset a 1 percent decline in sodas.
For the quarter, the company earned $1.22 billion, or 79 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 83 cents per share, above the 75 cents per share Wall Street expected.
A year ago, it earned $1.08 billion, or 69 cents per share.
Revenue edged up to $12.62 billion, higher than the $12.39 billion analysts expected.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.
Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets.
The largest U.S. toy maker says its net loss for the three months ended March 31 totaled $11.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with net income of $38.5 million, or 11 cents per share last year. Analysts expected earnings of 7 cents per share.
The company which makes Disney Princess dolls and Hot Wheels cars says revenue fell 5 percent to $946.2 million. Analysts expected $947.6 million. Barbie revenue dropped 14 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is vastly expanding the goods that are available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.
The nation's second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last September, trying to win over haggard parents with 150 baby care products.
That program has been expanded more than tenfold this week to nearly 1,600 items across a much wider array of consumer goods. Everything from beauty products and pet supplies, to home office supplies like printer ink, are now available through subscription.
Target, based in Minneapolis, is playing catch up in the subscription arena, which has exploded as companies test consumer appetites for almost every niche, from socks to razors, to clothing and entertainment.
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