Modis is very excited to announce that we are a sponsor in the 2013 PennApps Hackathon, which takes place from January 18-20th. We’re looking forward to watching more than 300 exceptionally bright college students gather to Philadelphia, PA to compete in this 40-hour frenzy.
But, you may be asking: What is a hackathon?
The word hackathon is simply the marriage of two words: “hack” and “marathon.” Many talented IT individuals around the world will gather to a location for a predetermined amount of time (anywhere from one day to one week, usually) to collaborate on the creation of software products. Typically, energy drinks, pizza and sleeping bags are scattered around the area to fuel the tired, hungry hackers who tend to devote hours and hours of time to their creations.
Popular websites like Facebook and Google host hackathons to allow for fresh material and collaboration among employees and users alike. The goal of many hackathons is to create new and useable software, and some have been successful in doing that. Major companies like GroupMe came about during a hackathon, as did the ever-popular Facebook “like” button.
The PennApps Hackathon is slightly different than the typical hackathon, as it is a student-run event in which teams from different colleges from around the nation gather to enjoy a thrilling weekend of hacking and collaboration. On the last day, there will be demos from teams competing for the grand prize. Our Modis team members are excited to see what these students can come up with. We will be live tweeting the event via our Twitter page and updating our Facebook page regularly; so if you can’t join us for the fun in Philly, you’ll still be able to get frequent updates about some of the exciting Hackathon happenings! Stay tuned!