General 3/6/13 6:00 am • SouthernAlpha
Editor’s note: See response from EC leader Michael Burcham.
In the middle of May, developers and entrepreneurs will join forces to develop software solutions for a trio of deserving businesses selected by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The inaugural Code Crush, which is being held at the Microsoft offices in Franklin in conjunction with the EC, will give technology professionals the chance to code for a good cause.
“As a software developer, we have special skills that we have spent years perfecting, and as a member of the Nashville IT Community, we have a responsibility to help our neighbors,” said Wes Bowden, who is leading the event. “Why not combine our passion for building great software with the overwhelming needs our community non-profit organizations have for software solutions.”
The participants will be creating solutions for healthcare players MedQB, Inspire Health and MyMedMatch.
Code Crush is a ‘Habitat for Humanity’ model for building businesses,” says Michael Burcham, President and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. “Working with the Code Crush team to mobilize our tech community to build startup tech-enabled social enterprises has the potential to create a lasting impact on our community.”
The event is set to take place May 17-19. More information can be found below.
SouthernAlpha is a sponsor of this event.
Nashville, Tenn.- May 17-19, 2013, the Entrepreneur Center will host the inaugural Code Crush at Microsoft’s Franklin Campus. Code Crush 2013 will attract more than 100 technology professionals for a weekend-long event to create meaningful solutions for three social enterprise accelerator companies.
The inaugural Code Crush is a “Habitat for Humanity” model for building businesses,” says Michael Burcham, President and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. Working with The Code Crush team to mobilize our tech community to build startup tech-enabled social enterprises has the potential to create a lasting impact on our community.
The Entrepreneur Center fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by turning ideas into reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants. The Entrepreneur Center relies on support from leading corporations, successful entrepreneurs, those who have a vested interest in the Center’s success and IT professionals like you.
The Entrepreneur Center has selected three healthcare technology companies to participate in the inaugural Code Crush event: MedQB, Inspire Health and MyMedMatch. Individuals volunteering for the event will work in teams to develop a website for one of the three selected companies while competing against the other teams for prizes donated by the Code Crush Sponsors. Technology professionals are encouraged to sign up on their own or to bring their own team to compete for the weekend.
Wes Bowden will lead the inaugural Code Crush team initiative alongside the Entrepreneur Center. Bowden has been involved in technology in Nashville for the past eleven years. “As a software developer, we have special skills that we have spent years perfecting. And as a member of the Nashville IT Community, we have a responsibility to help our neighbors,” said Bowden. “Why not combine our passion for building great software with the overwhelming needs our community non-profit organizations have for software solutions. If you are a developer, designer, or project manager looking to make a difference and use your skills to assist others, this is the place to be May 17-19th, 2013. Bowden has led other successful major software development efforts in both government and commercial areas. Wes currently works for Optum /United Health Group and is the manager of Software Build Engineering Services.
Sponsorships and Corporate Support
Corporate Sponsors are encouraged to contact the Entrepreneur Center and The Code Crush Team 2013 to participate in the program and their employees/volunteers can participate through VolunteerMatch. VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofits, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. VolunteerMatch’s popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool, and the Entrepreneur Center is listed with VolunteerMatch.
Current sponsors include:
- Urban Code
- Kickin’ Coffee and Tea
- Wholy Crepe
About the Entrepreneur Center
The Entrepreneur Center serves as a gateway that fuses training, relationships and resources to cultivate economic development and drive Nashville’s future as the epicenter of entrepreneurial endeavors. The Center opened its doors in August 2010 after recommendations from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. It has been successful in partnering with local and state governments, private interests and the Nashville business community at large to raise the quality of resources available to the Middle Tennessee entrepreneurial and small business community. Resources to help Middle Tennessee’s entrepreneur community include:
The Code Crush!
For more information, please visit: www.EntrepreneurCenter.com