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Evernote-Backed Hackathon Brings More Tech Activity To the Bronx #makereducation

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WIRED has a story on the emergence of the Bronx onto the tech scene, citing factors such as Fordham University and the low cost of living:

The Bronx isn’t often listed among the country’s tech hubs. But that may soon change, as the oft-forgotten borough plays an ever more active role in New York’s expanding tech scene.

Case in point: This weekend, Fordham University’s Foundry incubator, which launched two years ago, holds its first Hackathon in the Bronx. The event is sponsored by Evernote, whose founder and CEO, Phil Libin, was raised in the borough, and will offer winners cash prizes as well as free access to Evernote’s API. It’s the latest example of the recent surge in tech and business activity throughout the Bronx.

Of course, the business sector in the Bronx is minuscule compared to San Francisco, or even Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Yet it’s hard to ignore the growth the area has seen in recent years. According to one state estimate, the number of businesses in the South Bronx grew 25 percent between 2000 and 2011. Meanwhile, there are ongoing initiatives throughout the Bronx to foster a tech talent pool that can serve the much larger business community in Manhattan.

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