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Stone hosts largest ever education Hackathon at BETT

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Three days of competitive app and games development as up to 50 hackers gather to create teacher’s ideas live at show with #StoneHack2013

BETT, 30th January 2013 – Stone Group, the UK-based ICT services provider specifically for the public sector, is hosting three days of live app and game development at BETT – the largest hackathon for education ever attempted and a first of its kind at the show.

Stone and hackathoncentral are expecting over 50 developers, coders and app builders to join them from Wednesday 30th Jan to Friday 1st February, to compete against the clock to build as many apps and games as possible. The ideas for developers to choose from have been crowdsourced from teachers, pupils and parents using social media and the hashtag #StoneHack2013. Over 25 have been received so far.

Developers are attending from all over the UK, competing as individuals or as part of teams from agencies, clubs and colleges. Stone has built an exclusive #StoneHack2013 area into its stand (c70) at the BETT show with high-speed internet access to host the competitors. Teachers and pupils who have submitted ideas, and other spectators, are welcome to join and watch. TV legend and education pioneer Johnny Ball will be on the Stone stand each day to encourage visitors to submit further app and game ideas, and join in the excitement.

There is room for more last-minute entry developers and more app and game ideas: details are available on

Simon Harbridge, CEO at Stone commented, “#StoneHack2013 is probably the most exciting event hosted at BETT for many years. We decided to get involved because app development and the concept of digital learning is crucial to the next iteration of the National ICT Curriculum, and therefore, it’s really important to our customers. Lots of us at Stone are keen geeks and gamers and we can’t wait to see what the developers come up with – some of the ideas for apps could be really useful in schools.”

 Milverton Wallace, leader of Hackathon Central commented, “I’ve been managing and directing hackathons for many years, and this is the most ambitious project I’ve been involved with. Getting developers to focus and compete over three days in a public, live environment is going to be challenging and a lot of fun. We are really looking forward to seeing what the teachers and pupils have come up with for us to get our teeth into.”

Everybody is welcome at Stone’s stand, c70, to view #StoneHack2013.

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