Michael J. Fox Foundation Joins Appcelerator’s “Hack to Help” Hackathon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–(Marketwire – Aug 6, 2012) – Appcelerator®, the leading mobile platform company, announced today that The Michael J. Fox Foundation is the latest charity to benefit from the upcoming “Hack to Help” Hackathon. Part of Appcelerator’s CODESTRONG 2012 Mobile Conference, the goal of the all-night hackathon is to help charities accelerate their fundraising efforts by tapping into the power of mobile apps.

CODESTRONG 2012 will gather 500+ mobile developers and executives to the InterContinental San Francisco on October 21-22nd for two days of executive keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking with a “who’s who” of the mobile community. All CODESTRONG attendees are invited to participate in Hack to Help on Sunday, October 21st, the day before the conference.

Hack to Help participants will form 12 teams, and each team will be matched with a charity. The teams will work through the night to create mobile apps that leverage the power of mobile to accelerate the charities’ fundraising efforts.

“It’s hard to think of a better secret weapon than 500 hackers on your side,” said Michael J. Fox. “We’re grateful to Appcelerator’s Hack to Help for choosing The Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit from this event.”

“We extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation as well as the other charities who will benefit from Appcelerator’s Hack to Help,” said Laxmi Wordham, Chief Digital Officer of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. “Mobile is a key technology to help us solve problems, find cures, and connect our community members with one another. Hack to Help is enabling all of us to tap into the power of mobile to achieve these goals.”

Twelve charities will be selected as beneficiaries of Hack to Help mobile apps. The initial participating charities include The Avril Lavigne FoundationMercy CorpsSpecial Olympics, andStop Hunger Now.

About The Michael J. Fox FoundationThe latest addition to the Hack to Help charities is The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s ResearchAs the world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $297 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world. Now through December 31, 2012, all new and increased giving to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, as well as gifts from donors who have not given since 2009 or earlier, will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, launched by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki.

CODESTRONG, Appcelerator’s annual mobile conference, will take place in San Francisco at the Intercontinental Hotel on October 21-23, 2012. The conference will discuss the latest trends in mobile strategy and development, with two days of executive keynotes, 30+ breakout sessions, and a Hack to Help Hackathon. Visit www.codestrong.com.

About Appcelerator
Appcelerator’s Titanium is the leading mobile platform of choice for thousands of companies seizing the mobile opportunity. With more than 40,000 applications deployed on 50 million devices, Appcelerator’s award-winning Titanium Platform leverages over 5,000 mobile device and operating system APIs to create native iOS and Android apps, and HTML5 mobile web apps. Customers who standardize on the Titanium Platform get to market 70% faster and can quickly optimize business results with analytics-driven insights into user behavior and app performance. Open and fully extensible, Titanium makes it easy to integrate data, content and services from a variety of sources into mobile applications to leverage best-of-breed capabilities. Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) provides instant social, location, communication and content features for user-centric mobility. Appcelerator’s worldwide ecosystem includes 300,000 mobile developers and hundreds of ISVs and integration partners. Visit www.appcelerator.com.

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