Press Release


SmartFile Announces Open Source App Contest for Indiana College Students

College Contestants to Compete for $17,000 in Cash Prizes at '2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off' by Creating Most Innovate and Integrative App for SmartFile's API

Indianapolis, IN


SmartFile, a market leader in business class file sharing and FTP hosting, announces the 2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off, an open source programming and design contest offering $17,000 in cash prizes to student competitors from Indiana colleges. Geared to drive awareness for both open source development and SmartFile's new API, the 'Bake-Off' also will promote collaboration between Indiana businesses and statewide academia.

"By combining an educational playground with a professional project, we are confident that potential will be realized, experience will transpire and students will have fun throughout the entire process," said John Hurley, President, SmartFile. "Our goal is to foster development and to inspire students in Indiana to open their minds and think out-of-the-box, so we figured cash prizes, open source API integration, and a tech battleground would make the perfect ingredients for a new fashioned Bake-Off."

With registration opening February 1st, the first 50, two-person teams to sign-up will compete for 50 days (February 28th – April 18th). The competition has three rounds of elimination, the first being a narrowing from 50 to 10 by SmartFile. Then at the judging party on April 25th, some of the top business minds in Indiana will then help in narrowing down the final three teams. The top three will then pitch their application and the audience will vote on the winner. SmartFile will award the winning team a check for $10,000. The second place team wins $5,000 and third place takes home $2,000.

"SmartFile's social media channels and the Bake-Off website will be updated throughout to the competition with valuable information to participants," said Ben Timby, CTO, SmartFile. "Don't miss out on the opportunity to put your creative and technical skills to work, gain real-world experience and win some serious cash!"

For more information about the 2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off, please visit Updates will be shared on Twitter at @SmartFile using the hashtag #SFbakeoff.

About SmartFile

SmartFile is a secure file management and sharing platform serving Fortune 1000 organizations as well as medium and small businesses. SmartFile is the trusted all-in-one solution to securely connect, analyze and audit files on-premises and online. Multi-user access, unrestricted file sizes, user permissions, company branding, customized links, unlimited connections and transfers are select features often used by SmartFile customers to manage sensitive files across their enterprises in one secure environment.

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