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20 02
February 20, 2014
Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments. These hackathons, like small pieces, will be loosely joined by 5 basic principles. It can be as big or as small, as long or as short, as you'd like it. Ottawa's open data community attracts a diverse crowd of people to hackathons, with whole families coming out. In the UK groups have done amazing work getting young and diverse group hacking. Veteran hackers have said it over and over again: Our movement is stronger when it is broader. Want to help organize one in your city and/or participate? Add your name to the relevant city on the wiki. Let's try to keep it to one event per city, build some community and get new people together. Could be a local or global app, a visualization, proposing a standard for common data sets, scraping data from a government website to make it available for others or even creating your own data catalog of government data. Each city's hackathon should do at least one demo, brainstorm, proposal, or anything that it shares in an interactive way with at members of a hackathon in at least one other city. This could be via video stream, skype, by chat... anything but let's get to know one another and share what we are hacking on. There may be some challenges to making this work: timezones, languages, culture... but who cares, we are problem solvers, let's make it work. Again, let's not try to boil the ocean. Let's have a bunch of events, where people care enough to organize them, and try to link them together with a simple short connection/presentation. Above all let's raise some awareness, create something, and have some fun. A lot will be going on. So... expect to: Learn more about open data. Find out how your local and national government could do more to release open data. Engage local non-profits and companies in the uses of open data for the products and missions Meet & network with tons of cool people in your city and around the world. Voice your opinion & share your ideas with the people and media attending. Find out about apps being created, and get to play around with them as well. Help out with parts of the conceptualization, creation, design, advertisement and testing of apps. Conduct an open tutorial sessions around using open data,like learning how to customize google maps to show the data you want to show. Have lots and lots of fun. Anything! Bring your laptops, mobile phones, phasers set to stun, etc. but above all, your energy and your brains! We’re trying to make this event very hands on, so feel free to bring all your wacky geektronics so that you can participate in all the fun. Don't worry if you don’t bring anything since there will still be tons of stuff to do.
Toronto ON Canada
29 03
March 29, 2014
PilotDC is a Pilot-run event. Pilot is a national organization that holds hands-on educational events for high school students. Students form teams, brainstorm ideas, work together to bring one of those ideas to life with technology, and then demo and pitch the apps/websites they created for awards and prizes. We engage the local community by bringing in engineers and designers who mentor these students over the course of a day and help them bring their ideas to life. Through this process students learn how to think creatively, pitch and demo their projects, and more technical skills like how to code and design. Most importantly, they learn how to learn.
Chevy Chase MD United States
22 03
March 22, 2014
HACKBCA Unleash The Next Generation BUILT BY HIGH SCHOOLERS, FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS Spend 24 hours making something totally tubular. Whether that means slinging mad code, producing hard beats, or even hacking together a sentient robot, as long as you make something you can qualify to win prizes! Where? Bergen County Academies High School Hackensack, NJ When? March 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST JUDGING: Judging will be based on 1. Creativity 2. Usefulness 3. Polish 4. Technical difficulty PARTICIPATION: The participants must be enrolled in high school at the time of the event. TEAMS: Teams can contain no more than 7 students. SUBMISSION: Each team must submit one submission by 11am on Sunday. If a team does not submit a hack by 11am, they will not be able to demo or qualify for prizes. BEHAVIOUR: Students must stay in the gym and auditorium during the entire event. PRIZES: 1. First Place - Tech Mentorship by VenturePact 3 Pebble Watches 2. Second Place 3. Third Place 4. Best Education App 5. Best App that is Currently Live 6. Most Innovative 7. Tokbox - $200 8. Dwolla - 4 Raspberry Pi Starter Kits 9. Twilio - SparkFun Arduino Inventor kits 10. Best Use of 3D Graphics by Shapeways - $200 Shapeways Giftcard
Hackensack NJ United States
25 04
April 25, 2014
TechRaising - Santa Cruz - April 2014 6:00 PM April 25 through 6:00 PM April 25. Ticketing is done by participant type and limited to ensure a good mix of skills. We encourage you to buy your ticket early and guarantee your spot. Join other developers, designers, entrepreneurs and business people to build those ideas you've been talking about. This event is about collaboration, execution, accomplishment and showing what you've done. Participants will gather on the evening of April 25 and have 90 seconds to pitch their idea for a product, service, or company to the group. After pitches have been completed, everyone will have a chance to dialog with each other and form teams to build the idea over the course of the weekend. The goal is to have something to demo or launch at the end of the weekend. Teams should consist of at least one developer (ideally two or more), one designer, and one business development/marketing person, but can be as large as necessary. Feel free to talk to others about your ideas beforehand, refine them, get buy in, and please come with the intention of embracing others. This will be a learning event and a way to interact with, promote, and nourish the community of entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz. The cost to attend is nominal, just enough to cover basic expenses and make this enjoyable for all. Mentors will interact with teams and share their experience and ideas. This is an opportunity to brainstorm with others who have done it before and iterate on your ideas and products. The Santa Cruz Tech community has been talking a lot about losing businesses and exporting talent over the hill. Let’s join together for a weekend and create things that will demonstrate that we are a thriving entrepreneurial community that is not only talking but also doing. Who should attend? Entrepreneurs Developers Engineers Designers UX experts Business development professionals Marketing professionals Social media peeps Anyone with an idea for a product or startup
Santa Cruz CA United States
14 02
February 14, 2014
HackOut is the first-ever, two-day, LGBT-oriented hackathon presented by StartOut. We are looking for individuals or teams that want to change the way we think by hacking a new demo in one weekend. It’s a great way to meet new friends, other entrepreneurs, investors and incubators. Developers, programmers, coders and geeks of all kind will have access to incredible mentors from leading companies like Facebook and IBM and a complimentary $2,000 credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. Rackspace is also donating more than $24,000 in cloud computing services to the winning teams. Curious Cat Company, Facebook, Google, Heroku, Hirestarter, HomeStart, Launch Marketing, Jones Spross PLLC, KCL Foundation, Mortgage Portfolio Services, Rackspace, Stripe and Thinktiv have kindly agreed to underwrite this event. The first-place winner will also receive $2,500 and an in-kind messaging consulting session from Launch Marketing.Hackathons are an excellent way to merge entrepreneurial spirit with computer programming prowess and product design sensibilities. Students, hackers, programmers, product marketers, and other web enthusiasts can form small teams to create new ventures during the hackathon. Individuals with all levels of experience are welcome to participate, and any viable business idea can form the basis for participants’ hacks. CASH AWARD: The first place winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize from StartOut. CLOUD COMPUTING AWARDS: 1. $24,000 in Rackspace Cloud credits for a 12-month period for the winning teams. A. $1,000/month for First Place B. $500/month for Second and Third Place C. $250/month for Honorable Mentions 2. Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine during the hackathon weekend. This is available to every team, but you must register one week before to use the Google Cloud credits during HackOut. MARKETING CONSULTING AWARD: The first-place winning team will receive a half-day messaging session focused on refining key messages for their company, which can be leveraged as they secure funding, develop partnerships, grow their customer base and more. For more information email [email protected] or check out the links below: HackOut Agenda Frequently Asked Questions HackOut Rules HackOut Speakers, Mentors & Judges EVENT DETAILS: WHEN: Saturday, February 15th from 9am to midnight and Sunday, February 16th from 7am to 7pm WHERE: Capital Factory, in downtown Austin in the Omni Hotel Building HACKOUT RULES & CODE OF CONDUCT: Hack out is to help inspire entrepreneurship and a path towards future startups. A place where imaginative developers go to meet others and build! 1. New Code: We all start coding at the same time. Prior to this time you may work on your design, logo, wireframes, idea validation, digital mockups, you name it. But no coding can be done beforehand. 2. Code Review: Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event. This will be to ensure everything was built at the hackathon. 3. Hack away: Feel free to use any tools, tricks, gems, shortcuts, or workarounds you’ve discovered over the years to help you build quickly. Use any frameworks, hosting service, etc., you please, but final submissions must be made using the platform provided. 4. Ownership and IP: Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish. 5. Team Size: Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. 6. What to Build: Create a prototype of a solution to a problem that can’t be easily found anywhere else. 7. Submissions: Participants need to to register for a free account on Challenge Post in order to submit the final version of their project by 1:00pm of the second day. Each participant should have received a promo code for Google Cloud Platforms through the confirmation email. If you have not received your promo code, please email [email protected] And Remember…It’s a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you’d like. HackOut Agenda DAY 1: 8:00am: Doors Open to Sponsors / Sponsor Table Setup 9:00am: Doors Open to Attendees 10:00am: Welcome to HackOut / Team Formation 11:00am: Hackathon begins 12:00pm: Lunch is served 7:00pm: Dinner is served 7:00pm – Midnight: Keep hacking… DAY 2: 7:00am: Doors Open 8:00am: Breakfast is served 12:00pm: Lunch is served 1:00pm: Hackathon ends / Submission due 2:00pm – 4:30pm: Demos and presentations 5:00pm: Winners are announced 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Hour / You’ve survived… let’s celebrate!
Austin TX United States
19 09
September 19, 2013
The best ideas for businesses come from identifying problems with the status quo. Despite the tremendous amount of technological progress that we have lauded ourselves for in the 21st century, many things are the same as they were in the 20th. It is our goal to identify a list of the top 20 elements of the human experience that are the ripest for disruptive change – and we would like your help! We will be announcing the 20over20 on the evening of Wednesday September 18th. Pre-selected teams will then have 18 hours to decide which problem they intend to tackle. The hackathon will begin in earnest at 12pm on September 19th and last until 4pm on September 22nd. Teams will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A on their projects in front of the judges. The winner will be announced after judges have had time to deliberate. The 20 over 20 is a crowd-sourced attempt to identify these innovative laggards. Once we have compiled our list, we will publish it on this site and then hold a hack-a-thon with major cash and in-kind prizes for those who are brave enough to try to address one of the 20.
Dallas TX United States
28 02
February 28, 2014
The Xtreme Hackathon is a 48hr event for innovators, designers and entrepreneurs. At the X HACKS people join forces and engage in collaborative computer programming in order to innovate the world of outdoor sports and activities. The goal is to introduce new technologies and concepts that enhance the outdoor experience. X HACKS are themed based on the season of the hackathon. This winter the theme is Winter Sports! You can hack together apps for ski/snowboarding, wearable tech hacks, community and social networking hacks, etc. At the Xtreme Hackathon you will be able to: 1. Hit The Slopes (For inspiration or testing) 2. Hack away all night 3. Win prizes from our sponsors We will be posting the prizes soon, lift tickets and for equipment rentals are not included in the general admission. Get the lift tickets or the lift and equipment ticket if you need gear. IF YOU NEED TRANSPORTATION, you can get Transportation + Lift + Lodging for around $224 directly from Belleayre here: X Hacks Schedule: Saturday March 1st 8:00 AM: Doors open 8:15 AM: Breakfast 8:30 AM: Intro and Welcome 9:00 AM: Share you idea, recruit a team! (1 min each) 10:00 AM: Hacking and skiing/boarding begins 1:00 PM: Lunch 1:15 PM: Tutorials on building Stuff 2:30 PM: Workshops by sponsors (optional) 3:00 PM: Workshops by sponsors (optional) 4:00 PM: Workshops by sponsors (optional) 4:00 PM: LIFTS CLOSE 5:00 PM: Dinner 7:00 PM: Snacks Rest of the night: Hacking Sunday March 2nd 8:15 AM: Breakfast is served 8:30 AM: Status report 9:00 AM: LIFTS OPEN 10:00 AM: Status update & word from sponsors. 12:00 PM: Finishing touches on hack & presentations 1:00 PM: Lunch 4:00 PM Hack submission closed / LIFTS CLOSE 4:15 PM: Words from X Hacks 4:30 PM: Presentations (3 min each) 5:15 PM: Closing remarks & Drinks 5:30 PM: Winners are announced X Hacks Rules: 1. Code All projects must be programmed at X Hacks. Code must be fresh and not pasted from previous projects. Frameworks (like wordpress, bootstrap, angular js, processing/arduino etc.) or APIs (google,facebook, instagram,foursquare, twitter, etc.) to speed up development are highly encouraged. Make sure you list which frameworks were used. Prior to X Hacks you may work on your logo, wireframes, design, idea validation, mockups, you name it. But no coding beforehand. 2. Code Review Hacker teams will be subject to a code-review to ensure everything was built at the hackathon. 3. Remember this is a hack! Feel free to use any frameworks, hosting service, languages, tools, workarounds, tricks or shortcuts you’ve discovered over the years to help you build quicker. 4. Teams you must have at least one other person in your team to participate, no robots allowed as your only teammate. Ideal team size is 3-4 people. Robots, androids and other “chatarras” can tag along if they really want. 5. What to Build Execute a unique idea around our theme; community, health, education and business. 6. Intellectual Property Ownership of I.P. and code belongs to the team that created it. Your team has full ownership of your product and are free to do as they wish with it. 7. Submissions All Submissions will be due 2 Hours before the team demos. 8. Last and Most Important Rule HAVE FUN! It’s X Hacks! A chance to experiment, collaborate and socialize for the sake of creativity and innovation.
Highmount NY United States
05 03
March 05, 2014
Europeana and the University of Sassari-ArsLab- with the collaboration of Porto Conte Ricerche and Castra Sardiniae are organizing a two-day hackathon in Sardinia to show how creative re-use of cultural content can create social and economic value. During the event developers are encouraged to try out their ideas and design prototypes of new products and services based on Europeana datasets and API. On the second day they will also have the opportunity to present their projects to Italian investors and business angels who can help them turn their prototypes into commercially viable projects and start-ups First Hackaton in Sardinia So What is This About? When: 6 - 7 March 2014 Where: Porto Conte Ricerche, Strada Provinciale 55, km8400, Loc. Tramariglio, Santa Maria La Palma, Sassari WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND: 1. Try out what can be done with Europeana data 2. Develop prototype apps for a more engaging use of Europeana content 3. Get expert advice on the business development and potential funding for your prototypes 4. Meet other talented professionals 5. Find expert advice and potential funding for your prototypes Have fun! WHAT TO BRING: 1. Enthusiasm, creativity and expertise 2. Your laptop preloaded with your favourite programming tools 3. Free WiFi, a comfortable place to work, food and drinks are supplied by the organization. FORMAT: Register for an API key, check the API documentation and test your ideas in the API console Or just experiment on the day Work individually or in small groups PRIZES: Hackathon results will be promoted on the Europeana PR channels. The hackathon winner will be awarded a slot at the International Business Lounge during the FutureEverything conference on 31 March in Manchester where s/he could pitch his/her project to an international mix of investors and business experts. Winner’s travel costs will also be covered for a maximum amount of 600€ . For more detailed information about the event, registration and agenda you can check Eventbrite page event
Porto Conte Ricerche Alghero Italy
29 11
November 29, 2013
A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. – Wikipedia The True Growth 2.0 “Non-Profit” Hackathon is a 2 day event where creative and talented members of the ICT community will gather, collaborate and innovate – with a focus on the non-profit sector in Saint John and surrounding areas. Over the course of the weekend, individuals and teams will come together to brainstorm and then develop “prototypes” or “proof-of-concepts” of websites, applications, mobile apps - anything where technology can be used as an enabler – to solve a problem, to create an opportunity, or to just have some fun with. This event – something of a proof-of-concept in its own right - will be the first of what we hope will be many more events to come, where we will build on the interest we have seen to date for such an initiative and the momentum that we are sure will follow. Come out and show your support! Please check back often to keep up on the details as they continue to unfold. EVENT THEME: For this event we decided we’d focus on the non-profit sector in the Saint John and surrounding area. We’ll be reaching out to some of the local organizations for ideas, but feel free to do your own research as well. You can NEVER have too many ideas. Here’s a link to get you started: Note - If you have an idea that you would like to work on during this event that doesn’t happen to be related to the non-profit sector – that’s ok too! (We’ll still let you in!) TECHNICAL PLATFORM: No restrictions! Quite often, Hackathons will be organized around a technical platform such as HTML5, .Net or Java. For our first True Growth 2.0 Hackathon, we wanted to leave that up to the participants. So no matter what your platform, or what your interest, bring whatever it is that you do best (and/or what you may want to learn more about), and we’ll see what transpires. DATA SETS: Similar to how you’ll often see Hackathons organized around a technical platform, often they’ll be based on a dataset (i.e. open data from a particular city). Again, for this event, we wanted to leave this to the participants. A few ideas that you may want to consider for use on your project or idea might be: , , , , - but don’t let us limit your creativity! WHO WILL BE ATTENDING: Developers needed! Without developers, programmers, technical architects we won’t get past the idea phase, so if you write code, you should be here! We also need designers, user experience (UX) professionals, analysts and anyone who thinks they know a thing or two about building a great ‘app’. IDEAS: We’ll be reaching out to some of the local non-profit organizations to start to gather a few ideas that we’ll share with the registered participants leading up to the event. That said – we need your ideas too so bring them with you or submit them here. Important: No idea is too big or perhaps more importantly, no idea is too small. Recall that innovation is often defined as simply taking something that already exists and doing it in a different way. EVENT SCHEDULE AND FORMAT: As we touched on regarding the theme, platform and datasets, there are many ways to structure a Hackathon. The same holds true for the schedule and the format. Some are limited to an evening, while others are all weekend/all night adventures. Our first event will be somewhere in between. Saturday, November 30th 10 am - Noon: Ideas sharing and team formation Noon - 9pm: Development Sunday, December 1st 10 am - 3pm: Development 3 pm - 5 pm: Show & Tell PREPARATION AND GEAR: We will supply you with some work space, electricity and a Wi-Fi connection but we’ll depend on you to do the rest. Please bring your own laptop, and/or any devices you need for development and testing (i.e. tablets, smartphones). In the interest of maximizing your time during the event for actual coding, we’d strongly recommend doing as much ‘prep’ work as possible before you get here. This might include things like pre downloading of any data you may require, studying up on any APIs and libraries you may be using and getting set up for version control using a site like THE RULES: The first rule of this Hackathon is - there are no rules! For this event, we’re going with a ‘collaboration over competition’ approach. That said, in keeping with some overarching Hackathon principles, we’d encourage people to start envisioning their idea NOW but just hold off on writing the code until you’re at the event. JUDGING AND PRIZES: Over the course of the weekend, we’ll have representation from the ICT community to work with you and provide feedback on your ideas and prototypes. With help from Enterprise Saint John, we’ll be reaching out to some local restaurants, merchants and organizations to round up some swag to reward participants in a variety of categories that may include the likes of: most interesting idea most creative use of open data for your project best user interface best use of social media to promote the Hackathon (leading up to and during) most coffee consumed in a weekend most fashionably coordinated team best use of interpretive dance to demonstrate your vision We’ll also crown one person or team as having the ‘best prototype’, but I think you get the idea. And remember - we’re all winners here! FOOD & DRINKS: Snacks, drinks (including coffee) and a light lunch will be served both days. Did I mention there would be coffee?! SPONSORS: True Growth 2.0 Sponsor – Enterprise Saint John Venue sponsor – T4G Other sponsors To be declared.
NB E2M 2M6 CA United States
21 03
March 21, 2014
The world of publishing is next to change. Rapid advances in mobile technology and a spirit of innovation have transformed almost all aspects of newspapers and news media. Join our Media Hack Day and find new ways to reinvent and reengineer content for the mobile age. The hackathon will bring together creative programmers, designers, tech-savvy journalists and concept designers. Join us if you are an individual developer, designer or established hackathon team.
Berlin Berlin Germany