David Tomczyk, an assistant professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, has been selected to serve as a mentor for the “International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World.” The event will take place Feb. 21-25 at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi.
The hackathon is a three-day, invitation-only programming marathon where renowned international computer science professors, founders of successful startups, technology professionals and venture capitalists come together to lead teams of talented computer science students from the Arab World and the United States to create mobile and web applications. The teams will develop innovative applications relevant to diverse fields such as health, education, film, music, business and science for the benefit of social good in the Arab world.
“I’ll be helping guide at least one team as it works to build a program or application that will enact social good in the world,” Tomczyk said. “It’s a combination of business adviser, programming adviser and in short helping the students develop into an entrepreneurial team.”
Tomczyk joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 2009. He earned his doctorate from George Washington University. He also holds a master’s degree in economics from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, political science and economics from Denison University.