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AWeber Hackathon Aims to Rethink the Way
Small Businesses Connect with their Customers

Philadelphia-based technologists and designers combine to develop innovative solutions to the biggest challenges facing small businesses

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Chalfont, Pa. AWeber, a global provider of email marketing and automation software, announced it has opened registration for the inaugural AWeber HackAWthon, its first-ever public hackathon, Saturday, April 21 at the Philly.com headquarters in downtown Philadelphia.

The aim of the hackathon is to bring together dozens of the brightest developers, designers and technologists in the Philadelphia area to design and build applications that solve the biggest challenges facing small businesses when marketing their products or services online.

Participants in the hackathon will be tasked with using the AWeber API to create unique applications for more than 100,000 businesses and entrepreneurs who use AWeber for their email marketing and automation.

“We’re incredibly excited to play a role in bringing together some of Philly’s best developers and designers to focus on helping small businesses succeed and grow,” said Chris Vasquez, director of product at AWeber.

“The goal of this event aligns perfectly with what our mission has been for the past 20 years: to connect people in remarkable ways using email marketing and automation,” Vasquez said. “I’m confident all of the ideas and solutions that come out of the hackathon will have a very real and positive impact on the lives of business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere.”

Additionally, many of the solutions from the hackathon could potentially find their way into AWeber’s directory of integrated applications, which connect email marketing to many other areas of business, including CRMs, ecommerce solutions, online educational software, blogs, social media sites and more.

The top five teams will be invited to demo their applications live in front of a judging panel on Tuesday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during Philly Tech Week 2018, presented by Comcast. The winning team will receive $1,000 in prize money.

The judging panel will include Tom Kulzer, founder and CEO at AWeber, Chris Vasquez, director of product at AWeber, and Tian Chen, chief product officer at Philly.com.

The hackathon will be held at the Philly.com office, located at 801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. The event will begin Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. EDT with registration and breakfast, and conclude at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Food and beverage will be provided to all participants throughout the event.

The hackathon is open to all individuals 18 years of age or older. Participants can register as individuals or as part of a team to compete in the hackathon.

Registration for the event is limited. To learn more, visit the HackAWthon website.

About AWeber

AWeber, headquartered in Chalfont, PA., helps 100,000 businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers increase sales and profits through its software suite of web-based email marketing and automation tools and educational online courses. AWeber works with more than 250 partner software solutions, allowing AWeber to seamlessly integrate with the apps and services customers already leverage. AWeber’s signature customer service team has garnered multiple awards, including Stevie® Awards for Sales and Customer Service in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

The privately held company was founded in 1998. For more information, visit aweber.com, subscribe to the AWeber blog, or follow along on Facebook.