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ProLiteracy Hosts First Syracuse Hackathon Related to Adult Literacy

On September 13-14, 2014, ProLiteracy will gather technology experts, designers, programmers, and engineers to devise innovative solutions aimed at increasing access to literacy for adult learners around the world. The event is co-organized by the Syracuse Tech Garden.

The hackathon aims to make advances in the field of technology while supporting the education of adults all over the world through finding solutions related to international non-literacy; literacy program waiting lists; health literacy; incarceration and recidivism; and career- and college-readiness.

During the day on September 13 and 14, participants will work at ProLiteracy’s headquarters on the Near West Side of Syracuse and present their ideas on the evening of September 14 to a panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most innovative and useful solutions.

“There is a great demand in the adult literacy field for technological tools that improve access to and implementation of literacy materials and programs,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “ProLiteracy and its publishing division, New Readers Press, believe the impact of technology on adult literacy and basic education cannot be underestimated, and we are excited to launch what we hope will be a continued conversation about this.”

“Events like these spark momentum for more innovation by bringing the community together to solve real-world problems,” says Seth Mulligan, vice president of innovation services at the Syracuse Tech Garden.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. on September 13 with a presentation on the current state of adult literacy around the world. The hackathon begins immediately after. Registration is free.

To register, visit For more information, contact Amy Schmitz, director of marketing and communications at ProLiteracy, at (315) 214-2580 or, or Tony Kershaw, innovation specialist at the Tech Garden, at (315) 413-9495 or





ProLiteracy in the News: Collierville Herald

Todd Evans, program manager of ProLiteracy, was featured in the Collierville Herald in an article describing a new series of adult math tutoring materials. ProLiteracy member organization Collierville Literacy Council hosted a training workshop for the “Breakthrough to Math” series with Evans on July 14. Evans details the need for these materials and workshops in order to better help students who struggle with math.




Romance Writers of America Supports Literacy through Annual Conference

Romance Writers of America held their annual RWA Conference July 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas. This 10,200-member nonprofit trade association seeks to assist the professional advancement of romance writers through networking and advocacy, in addition to supporting worldwide literacy.

At each annual conference, hundreds of romance authors meet with and sign books for fans as part of the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. All the proceeds from this autographing event go to literacy organizations. This year, with the help of more than 500 authors, RWA was able to raise more than $53,000. ProLiteracy is proud to be a recipient of a portion of these proceeds, along with Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.

“RWA has been a remarkable supporter of ProLiteracy for the past two decades,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. Since 1990, RWA has donated more than $716,000 to literacy. 



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