Michael J. Fox Foundation Joins Appcelerator’s “Hack to Help” Hackathon

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Attendees of the CODESTRONG 2012 Mobile Conference Will Donate More Than $500,000 Worth of Mobile Apps to 12 Charities

Appcelerator announced today that The Michael J. Fox Foundation is the latest charity to benefit from the upcoming “Hack to Help” all-night Hackathon. The Hackathon is part of Appcelerator’s CODESTRONG 2012 Mobile Conference, with the goal of helping charities accelerate their fundraising efforts by tapping into the power of mobile apps. “It’s hard to think of a better secret weapon than 500 hackers on your side,” said Michael J. Fox. “We’re grateful to Appcelerator’s Hack to Help for choosing The Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit from this event.”

As the world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. Now through December 31, 2012, all new and increased giving to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, as well as gifts from donors who have not given since 2009 or earlier, will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, launched by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki.

CODESTRONG 2012 will gather 500+ mobile developers and executives to the InterContinental San Francisco on October 21-22nd for two days of executive keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking with a “who’s who” of the mobile community. All CODESTRONG attendees are invited to participate in Hack to Help on Sunday, October 21st, the day before the conference. Hack to Help participants will form 12 teams, and each team will be matched with a charity. The teams will work through the night to create mobile apps that leverage the power of mobile to accelerate the charities’ fundraising efforts. The initial participating charities include The Avril Lavigne FoundationMercy CorpsSpecial Olympics, and Stop Hunger Now.

For more on the participation of The Michael J. Fox Foundation in “Hack to Help”, you can view the full press release here.