HackDFW Hackathon Coming to Dallas October 1-3, Giving Tech Talent a Way to Show Skills to Top Companies

Backed by the Dallas Regional Chamber and powered by its Say Yes to Dallas campaign, HackDFW expects to draw 500 people to solve challenges from Amazon, Goldman Sachs, McKesson, and other major employers.

Time to shine up those Chuck Taylors and bust out that new coding language you’ve been working on.

HackDFW powered by Say Yes to Dallas will be held in Dallas Oct. 1 through Oct, 3—and leaders from some of the world’s most influential companies will be watching for their next big hires.

The event, organized by the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), is being configured so employers can locate the talent they need to up their game in the marketplace.

3 days of problem-solving and teamwork

“The Dallas Region is loaded with tech talent, and this event is designed to show that talent off,” said Duane Dankesreiter, senior vice president of innovation and research for the Dallas Regional Chamber, which is backing the event. “It’s really the new career fair. Participants will be taking part in an intense, three-day marathon of problem-solving and teamwork involving talent from across the region and the nation.”

The event—which is part of the DRC’s Say Yes to Dallas campaign—expects to draw 500 people and will offer both in-person and virtual options. Challenges will be put forward by event sponsors—including presenting sponsor Amazon— for attendees to solve over the weekend. Goldman Sachs and McKesson have also signed on to participate alongside other major employers. Say Yes is the Dallas Regional Chamber’s talent attraction initiative.

The event is open to technologists in different stages of their careers. Like previous hackathons, students from some of the best STEM college programs in the nation are expected to participate. This year however, HackDFW has opened the doors to experienced technologists who have been laid off due to the Covid-19 downturn or who are looking for a new career.

The event’s virtual component will expand the pool of participants, which could be hired for local or remote jobs, Dankesreiter said.

Emphasizing diversity and the underrepresented

Aside from highlighting the region’s tech talent, the DRC is also emphasizing growing diversity within the tech workforce and is looking to work with organizations that serve underrepresented technologists to further boost attendance.

Employers looking to getting involved can visit here and people looking to sign-up to participate can visit here.

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