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Op-Ed: HackPR ’16 stages next-generation innovation

Author Carlos Meléndez is CEO of Wovenware.

Author Carlos Meléndez is COO of Wovenware.

Wovenware is very excited to be sponsoring and attending HackPR 2016 next weekend — Puerto Rico’s largest student hackathon. Each year we look forward to seeing what rising computer programmers and developers have up their sleeves as they collaborate to develop innovative solutions and compete for the top recognition.

Events like this remind me of the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that consumes the new generation of technology experts — in Puerto Rico and all over the world. Every facet of daily living is driven by software — from the office, to the living room, to the connected car — and it’s continuing to expand.

Is everyone becoming a programmer?
As evidenced by this year’s massive growth and interest in HackPR 2016, the software development industry is expanding, and even non-techies are learning how to code. Classroom learning is beginning even in elementary school.

Just as the thought of every home having a PC was unheard of 20 years ago, the idea that every new hire will know how to code soon might sound unheard of now, but it’s not too far off.

New software developers reshape the world
Yet there will always be a need for innovative expert software developers. As people become more software savvy and accustomed to automation of everything, their need for more of it will continue to grow, and that’s when they need the experts to bring it to them.

Today’s new software developers will reshape the world, bringing the internet of Things (IoT), mobile, social and analytics apps; business-driven software; and cognitive computing to new transformative heights.

Speaking of cognitive, software robots are not only helping people do their jobs, but they are handling the work for them, automating repetitive, mundane processes and applying real-live thinking. In the not too distant future, don’t be surprised to find that your next-door cubicle partner is a software robot.

So rev up your engines HackPR 2016 participants and Hackathoners everywhere, and show us what you’ve got. In the office and in the home, in the hospital or in the classroom, software is not simply a tech thing, but the engine driving everyday life.

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