Friday, April 5, 2013
CMU-SV to Host Campus' First HTML5-Themed Hackathon April 12-13
Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU-SV) students are not only frequent fixtures at Bay Area hackathons but also frequent victors in the popular day-and-night coding competitions hosted by prominent Silicon Valley companies. Some students go for the competition, some for the networking opportunities, and some for the ubiquitous free food, but a desire to hone their craft while having fun is a common thread for hackathon participants. Now students need travel no further than their own campus to code late into the night while fueled by free food when CMU-SV hosts a HTML5-themed hackathon April 12-13, 2013.
The hackathon, which is also open to outside participants, has been a long-time goal for the campus. “CMU graduate students have been wanting to organize a hackathon for a long time, so when Yahoo! generously volunteered to be our first sponsor we put it on the calendar as soon as we could. Hopefully this will be the first of many,” said Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Collin Jackson, who is on the hackathon organizing committee. Participants do not need to have a team formed before arriving on Friday and non-coders are also welcome to participate by pitching ideas or volunteering.
Ph.D. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) student Eric Chen, who first came up with the idea for CMU-SV to organize a hackathon, echoes Jackson’s desire for regular future events on campus, especially given the campus’ spirit of entrepreneurship. “I think competing in a hackathon is a great way to make new friends. Also, many students have cool startup ideas but don't have the time or motivation to implement them. I think having frequent hackathon events will incentivize students to work on their startup ideas,” explained Chen.
The hackathon is designed for participants to learn more about HTML5 single-page web apps and build HTML5 single-page apps. A number of sponsors will be showcasing (and giving tips on) their APIs and cutting-edge tools to help developer build single page HTML5 apps. “The popularity of HTML5 is exploding as a technology for building powerful applications. There has never been a better time to dive into HTML5 and we're excited to see what new use cases the CMU-SV community and our guests can come up with,” said Jackson.
Apps will be judged by a number of industry representatives including Alex Norbert, Director of Technical Operations of Minted and Simon Tunbridge, Engineer at Yahoo! A cash prize and other prizes from EA, Yahoo!, Meteor and Microsoft will be awarded for the best apps in different categories. Registration is now open for students and outside participants.
Friday, April 12, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, April 13, 8am-10pm
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus, Room 109/110
Free food & t-shirt for participants
Register on Eventbrite