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Broncos team up with SendGrid and FullContact to Tackle STEM with Colorado All-Stars Hackathon

Posted Sep 28, 2016

The Broncos, SendGrid and FullContact are combining their powers to produce the first Tackle STEM Colorado All-Stars Hackathon in Denver this fall.

DENVER — The Denver Broncos, SendGrid — the leading delivery platform for customer communication that drives engagement and growth — and FullContact, a best-in-class contact management platform for professionals and enterprises, announced a partnership on Wednesday to co-produce the first Tackle STEM Colorado All-Stars Hackathon in Denver this fall.

A hackathon is a multiple-day event that brings together computer programmers, graphic designers, interface designers and project managers to learn, create and collaborate while forming a community with like-minded people.

“Tackle STEM is a big priority for the Broncos, as we believe STEM ultimately connects to everything, including sports and football,” Broncos Vice president of Business Development Darren O’Donnell said. “The Tackle STEM Hackathon helps to bring to life the possibilities for outstanding STEM work in football in conjunction with two of Colorado’s greatest tech success stories.”

SendGrid and FullContact, two Colorado-based technology companies, are bringing together college students from across Colorado to participate in three days of innovation, code and fun on Nov. 18-20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (West United Club Level). The Colorado All-Stars Hackathon offers participants an opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and gain insightful knowledge about their chosen stream of study. The goal is to challenge aspiring students and technology enthusiasts to explore feasible ideas, develop their team skills and strengthen their network.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to empower students interested in a career in STEM and help foster the next generation of innovators,” SendGrid CMO Scott Heimes said. “Hackathon participants are able to meet like-minded hackers, mentors, and support organizations to create life-long and truly invaluable connections.”

In order to participate in the Tackle STEM Colorado All-Stars Hackathon, students must sign up via the entry form. Participants will form teams and spend 36 hours building a project. Each team will demonstrate what they've built and a panel of special guest judges will evaluate the projects.

Prizes will be awarded to the best hacks, with special prizes that will be posted on the registration page closer to the kickoff of the event.

“Denver has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., which is in large part due to the growing local tech industry,” FullContact CEO and Co-Founder Bart Lorang said. “As a Denver-based technology company, it’s our responsibility to come together to inspire and develop the skills needed to prepare students to become our future technology leaders.”

Doors will open on Friday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. MST and hacking begins at 8 p.m. that evening. On Sunday, Nov. 20, hacking will end at 8 a.m. and demos and judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be fun activities, special guests and meals provided throughout the event.

About the Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Program:

Launched in the Fall of 2015, the Denver Broncos’ Tackle STEM program is a way for the organization to use the power of its brand and sport to drive further engagement, rewards and recognition around the topic of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). With support from founding partner Arrow Electronics as well as Bayou Well Services, the Broncos have partnered with organizations such as Colorado State’s Little Shop of Physics, Learn Fresh, Kodu, RAFT Colorado and Ten80 Education to create hands-on activities and positive learning experiences based on team and football content. The Tackle STEM Coach of the Month program, in partnership with the Colorado Technology Association, highlights the outstanding work of educators for their role in teaching innovation. STEM centric stadium tours offered to winning teachers and students illuminates the role of STEM in the Broncos organization, identifying those individuals who have balanced their STEM academic pursuit while pursuing their passion in the sport of football. For more information, please visit www.DenverBroncos.com/tacklestem.

About SendGrid:

SendGrid is a proven, cloud-based customer communication platform that drives engagement and business growth. A leader in email deliverability, SendGrid successfully delivers over 30 billion emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, HubSpot, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Intuit and Costco. For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

About FullContact:

FullContact is the most powerful fully-connected contact management platform for professionals and enterprises who need to master their contacts and be awesome with people. FullContact’s cross-platform suite of Apps and APIs enhance contacts with insights, while keeping them organized, synchronized, up to date and safe.