Hack Upstate Weekly — March 16th, 2016

Here’s what happened last week throughout Upstate New York’s tech scene!Sign up for Hack Upstate VII today!

Tech talks: Why it matters to Rochester’s future

“Building a 21st-century Rochester depends on the ability to attract millennials. As the first generation of “digital natives,” they’re seen as key to rebranding the area as a technological powerhouse on the rise.

Nobody is saying we’ll ever rival Silicon Valley. But Silicon satellites have emerged: Portland is known as the Silicon Forest; Los Angeles claims the moniker Silicon Beach, while New York City has its Silicon Alley. And other cities are vying to reach Silicon stature.”

So why not Rochester? Silicon Falls, perhaps?….[continue reading]

RIT climbs rankings of top game design schools

“Rochester Institute of Technology has moved up the ranks as a school with one of the top video game design programs in the world, as listed by the Princeton Review.

RIT’s game design and development program was ranked third at the undergraduate level and seventh at the graduate level in the 2016 annual listing, university leaders announced Tuesday. RIT ranked sixth at both levels in 2015…..[continue reading]

Launch NY makes $50K investment — the first of many into local startups

Launch NY has made its very first venture capital-style investment in a local startup — a milestone moment for the nonprofit entity that is seeking to bridge the gap between early-stage ideas and legitimate funding rounds.

Launch invested $50,000 in Rachel’s Remedy, a Z80 Labs company founded by Rachel Jackson that is rolling out its moist heat pack for breastfeeding women into several national retailers. The Launch investment, styled as a convertible loan, is part of a broader $245,000 seed round for Rachel’s Remedy as it executes growth plans and prepares to raise a more significant round later this year….[continue reading]

Brazzlebox relaunches website

“Brazzlebox, a Syracuse company that says it operates a “national community network for small and home-based businesses,” relaunched its website early Tuesday morning.

On Monday, the site included a countdown with hours and minutes.

Brazzlebox, located at 500 Plum St. in Syracuse’s Franklin Square area, worked with the web-marketing firm Terakeet on the relaunch, that company said in a news release issued Monday…..[continue reading]


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