The Money Event at PORTAL

July 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM


The hot July weekend sent most people in Charlotte looking for the lake, a pool, or some cool air conditioning. But, a group of dedicated technologists arrived at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL building on July 12 for a 24-hour hackathon to create hot apps at the intersection of money and mobility.

The Money Event, organized by Aditya Khurjekar and Jayesh Mori, is connected to September’s Super Mobility Week conference in Las Vegas. They obtained multiple sponsors including the Charlotte Research Institute.

Teams began their work on Saturday afternoon in the light-filled, brand new PORTAL building. They worked through the night and were ready to pitch ideas by Sunday late afternoon. Four teams from the community and from UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics addressed totally different opportunities using innovative combinations of web, smartphone, NFC, and iBeacon capabilities.

While the teams did their work, I enjoyed a good night’s sleep. I arrived on Sunday afternoon to hear their pitches and view their working apps. We won’t divulge their ideas, except to say that you might one day find that your Amelie’s pastry order is ready as you walk in the door with no waiting in line! (The teams were not the only people working in PORTAL on a sunny Sunday…a Ventureprise startup was busy preparing its first commercial shipment.)

Thanks to Charlotte City Councilman David Howard for his catalytic role in making The Money Event happen and to the judging panel of Greg Kerr of Inmar and Chase Cabanillas of Harris Teeter. And, congratulations to Aditya Khurjekar, a Charlotte newcomer, for organizing an event that highlights Charlotte’s expertise in money, mobility, and info tech.



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