Turlock Company Hosting Hackathon this Weekend with $1,000 Prize

Courtesy of Valley Hackathon

GeoStrategies, Inc., a Turlock-based market research company, is hosting a 24-hour hackathon this weekend to showcase the talents of local computer programmers.

A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others in software development collaborate to create software projects; it is not an event where a group of people set out to hack Sony emails.

The Valley Hackathon will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and continue until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in the dance studio located below the offices of GeoStrategies, located at 200 N. Broadway. Check-in, rules, and safety briefing will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

This weekend’s hackathon will be free for participants.

Local residents in teams of one to four people will develop a software project in 24 hours in hopes of winning the $1,000 grand prize.

“We’re an analytics and software company and we want to highlight the fact that there’s local talent and local tech that goes on here,” said Ben Hector, Senior Project Manager for GeoStrategies. “Sometimes we get overshadowed by the Bay Area, but we want to say ‘Hey, we take tech seriously’ and build an embryo of brilliance there.”

Projects must be created during the hackathon, meaning they cannot be started before the event, although they may be planned before. Project must also involve software writing, but can be hardware-based.

Teams may consist of one to four members who reside in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Mariposa, or Calaveras counties.

Following completion of the hackathon, the projects will be judged by a panel of representatives from sponsoring companies who will determine the winner of the $1,000 grand prize; second and third place will also receive a cash prize.

There will be pizza and other food and snacks provided to participants of the hackathon.

Participants must sign up in advance; to sign up, click here.

For more information on the Valley Hackathon, including rules, visit ValleyHackathon.com.

Comments 3

  1. Carl says:
    Glad I saw this notice and was able to go to the event! It was a blast to see local folks really dig their heels into this great event. It showcased a tremendous amount of talent by everyone. To spend 24 hours straight coding on a new project and be ready to showcase it 1 day later took a lot of work and all contestants should be proud of their accomplishment.
    I especially want to thank those involved in putting this together, I heard it took them 6 months of prep work and it went very well. Looking forward to next years event.
  2. Read the real story in the Journal & Bee says:
    Yes, this was a great event BUT once again, misinformation is put out as if it's the truth. This website gets worse and worse each year. Would someone start a real news website, not just Franson's gossip site?
  3. Carl says:
    [b]Whiskey Tango Hotel? I was their at the event, all of the information in this article is accurate.[/b] The event happened and a lot of great software Ideas were tried, some repeats, some new, but I applaud all those who actually gave it their best. I'm really at a loss at what this snide comment about this is fiction or somehow false. Somebody has a lot of sour grapes. I don't read the Journal because it had maybe still does a virus floating on it's homepage that Kaspersky keep flagging and the Bee is to expensive for my taste. Can we even have a fun article without all the Barbara Streisand?

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