Mag Bag: Hearst Hosts Fashion Hack

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Hearst Magazines is jumping on the “hack” train with its planned “Hearst Fashion Hack,” a 24-hour “hackathon” where programmers are invited to create fashion-focused apps and programs drawing on Hearst content in competition for a $10,000 grand prize.
 
The Hearst Fashion Hack will take place during February 9-10 at Hearst Tower in New York City. According to Hearst, over 150 expert programmers will attend the hackathon, which is being organized by AngelHack and sponsored by Hearst fashion titles Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, as well as corporate sponsors like Amazon, Facebook, Fashion's Collective, Google and Spotify, among others.
 
The finished apps will be judged by Hearst executives including President David Carey, Chief Technology Officer Phil Wiser, and Melanie Schnuriger, general manager of fashion and beauty for Hearst Digital Media, as well as tech industry gurus and venture capitalists. In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, the winner will get the opportunity to work more closely with Hearst Digital Media in a mentorship.
 
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Snow Steps Down at Bonnier Corp.
 
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Alvarez to Ad Director, Teen Vogue
 
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