Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Philly open-source prize: Geek treasure

A month's supply of pizza and a Mac Book are part of the grand prize in Philly's first open-source software competition

Philly open-source prize: Geek treasure

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A month's supply of pizza and Mountain Dew. A 15"-screen MacBook Pro. A 27" Apple LED video display. An iPad 2. A $300 Amazon.com gift card. That's the top prize a group of Philadelphia software developers are offering for the best Linux, Python, Nginx, Memcache, Django, and other open-source application submitted by developers living within 60 miles of Philadelphia City Hall .

Monetate, the Center City website traffic-tracking site, is sponsoring the contest, and Monetate engineering boss Tom Janofsky and architecture director Jeffrey Persch have recurited DuckDuckGo.com founder Gabe Weinberg, Digg turned SimpleGeo ceo Jay Adelson, Chariot Solutions consulting boss Don Coleman, Algorithmics software chief Aaron Feng, Facebook apps specialist Alexey Komissarouk, BankSimple co-founder Alex Payne as judges.

Yes, all those guys have local ties; and yes, software is a Made in Philadelphia product; and there will be more; and that's the point. It's part of Philly Tech Week. More at http://opensource.monetate.com

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PhillyDeals posts raw drafts and updates of Joseph N. DiStefano's columns and stories about Philly-area finance, investment, commercial real estate, tech, hiring and public spending, which he's been writing since 1989, mostly for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn, taught writing at St. Joe's, and has written the book Comcasted, more than a thousand columns, and thousands of articles, and raised six children with his wife, who is a saint.

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