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Saratoga Go! competition poised for launch

Saratoga Go! competition poised for launch

Launch party Thursday
Saratoga Go! competition poised for launch
Audio engineer Corey Hayward prepares lights at the Saratoga Springs City Center for First Night events in 2015.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A competition to make the city better through technology gets underway this week, with a launch party set for Thursday. 

The three-month Saratoga Go! competition challenges individuals, small businesses and software companies to create community innovations meant to improve the quality of life in the city, according to a news release from Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. 

It’s modeled after the NYC BigApps competition, which challenges tech experts to apply their know-how to improving the Big Apple.

The city is partnering IgniteU NY and Empire State College to host the competition, which will offer a variety of cash prizes, as well as marketing and promotion assistance to the winners.

“The submissions are supposed to aid in improving the quality of life for people within a city, so those can take the form of a web app, a mobile app, a data visualization tool, a connected product that’s considered a component of the internet of things,” said Elyssa Stewart, a new ventures consultant at IgniteU NY.

The launch event, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Empire State College, at 113 West Ave., will provide a chance for participants, residents and key stakeholders to connect with each other and learn more about the competition.

The competition is open to anyone 13 or older who lives in the United States. To learn more or register for the launch event, visit www.saratogago.com.

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