Sligo Chamber Skillnet and Overstock hold Hackathon with ATU students 

19th December 2022

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Sligo Chamber Skillnet was delighted to sponsor a highly successful Christmas-themed Hackathon with ATU Sligo student participation, in partnership with Overstock last Friday (16th December).

Five selected second-year students from ATU Sligo joined teams with staff members from Overstock to compete for prizes.

The event took place at Overstock’s European headquarters in Finisklin and involved staff from every area of technology within the company. The teams competed for a winner’s trophy and spot prizes of vouchers in support of local businesses – Rugantino and Honestly. The event concluded with a social outing for participants.

In keeping with Overstock’s commitment to promoting women in technology, many of the Hackathon participants were female.. The company invests in innovation and prides itself on fostering an exciting, fun and safe culture for technologists to thrive in. Atlantic Technological University continues to be a key partner for Overstock with top talent emerging year after year from its computing-related programmes.

Overstock Ireland is Overstock’s European Technology centre with teams working across merchandising, supply chain, marketing, data, data science and systems engineering.

Sligo Chamber Skillnet was established in 2015 to support companies across the North West region by offering them access to subsidised training and workforce development.

 Geraldine Courtenay, Sligo Chamber Skillnet Manager, said: Sligo Chamber Skillnet were delighted to support Overstock with their Hackathon this year.

Events like this and the recent Introduction to Programming Workshop for Women are key to creating an awareness of the many pathways into careers in tech.

 Maintaining a highly skilled workforce is key to our national competitiveness, our business is to ensure that your business has the skills to thrive.”

Patrick Quinn, Overstock’s Director of Software Development, said:

“We are delighted with our Sligo Chamber Skillnet Hackathon partnership this year. It was a successful end-of-year celebratory event packed with festive fun, innovation and learning.

This event exemplifies our commitment to being a technology-focused innovator.

Involving talented ATU Sligo students on the day and with prizes purchased from local businesses was important to us in playing our part in our local community.”