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Upload Newton seeks to connect businesses with local web developers

COVINGTON – In order to help small businesses develop digital marketing tools, The Center for Community Preservation and Planning will host a one-day networking event called Upload Newton.

About 20 to 30 web developers from around Newton County will be faced with a challenge to show three businesses their tech-savvy skills by creating a website, mobile app and other online marketing tools.

Ruth Miller of The Center said the idea of the “hackathon” came about after she was asked several times if she could build a website for a project or business in Newton County.

“I thought, what better way to connect the local businesses in need of technical support to the talented developers who can show their work and get their own name out there, than to host a hackathon,” Miller said. “They can hack away at their computers creating a product, and by the end of the day, they can present their work to the businesses.”

Miller said the developers range from high school and college students to experienced, professional webmasters.

The Upload Newton event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at The Center. It will be hosted by the Newton County Visitors Bureau and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

“Newton County has so many fantastic small businesses, and we’ve seen a lot of success these past few years encouraging people to shop local and buy local. Upload Newton is next level, connecting our retail and commercial entrepreneurs with our own homegrown digital talent,” said Kay Lee, director of the Center for Community Preservation and Planning. “Newton County is ready to shop local, buy local, and code local.”

Besides the three businesses sponsoring and participating in the event, Miller said more small and local businesses are invited to the Upload Newton reception from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Center to network with the web developers and see firsthand the products created in a day.

“We know that it’s possible to gather people to play on computers and work on a project together … the next step is that these local businesses that need help becoming more tech-savvy can meet local people who have that talent,” Miller said.

For more information about Upload Newton, go to www.centernewton.org/upload or contact Miller at 770-312-9295.