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Silverline and CUNY sponsor hackathon for hands-on learning and engagement for rising computer science students

New York, NY, Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silverline, a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Firm headquartered in New York City, and The City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university in the country, are hosting a developer hackathon for computer science undergraduates for two days on November 9 and 10. The event allows students to both exercise their creativity and gain practical experience in their field.

The CUNY Career Success Initiatives is excited to offer students this opportunity for hands-on learning and experience. The developer hackathon will act as an externship for approximately 20 students, with the potential for select individuals to be offered a developer internship with Silverline. CUNY serves as one of the largest talent pipelines in the metropolitan area, and Silverline is proud to be their partner in this endeavor. Together, Silverline and CUNY are actively working to expand diversity and inclusion within the ever-growing tech field.

“Our partnership with CUNY reflects one of Silverline's core beliefs: that we all must constantly seek out opportunities to learn and grow,” said Jill Harrison, VP of Silverline Ventures and a panel judge for the hackathon. “Our hope is that through these fun, hands-on hacks, we can help expose CUNY's students to the next generation of applied AI, machine learning, and business skills that will help accelerate their careers and realize their potential.”

The hackathon will consist of four challenges centered around app and integrations building. The group will be comprised of juniors and seniors, who will be divided into groups of three to four students that will work together to come up with innovative solutions to the given scenarios. The groups will present at the end of the two days to a panel of judges comprised of CUNY and Silverline employees. Awards will be given for Best Solution and Best Presentation.

Angie Kamath, University Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with NYC-based Salesforce consulting firm, Silverline, on a 2-day Hackathon for CUNY students. This is what experiential learning looks like!”

About CUNY
The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 270,000 adult, continuing, and professional education students at 25 campuses across New York City.

The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers,  institutes, and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing, and other fields. As CUNY has grown, the University also has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty.

As a part of CUNY Central Office, the CUNY Career Success Initiatives is devoted to helping current students and alumni achieve career success through career exploration, experiential learning, internships, and employer engagement.

About Silverline

Silverline has been recognized by Glassdoor as one of the Best Places to Work in 2018 and as having one of the Top CEOs in 2018 in the U.S. SMB category. Silverline creates unique digital experiences that transform the way our clients do business. As a Salesforce Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner, Silverline leverages best practices acquired by over 1,100 implementations, with significant expertise in the Financial Services and Healthcare industries. Our Industry solution focus combines Strategic Advisory, technical implementation, and ongoing Managed Services to enable organizations to achieve maximum value with the Salesforce platform.

Silverline Media Contact: 
Courtney Algeo

CUNY Media Contact:
Sara Cross