What do you think of when you hear the word “hack”? Well, if you’re participating in the First Annual WarriorHack Hackathon event at the Indiana Tech Center for Creative Collaboration (C3), it means innovation, creativity, and problem-solving in computer programming.
Over the past several years, hackathons have been steadily growing in popularity across the nation. These events, which can last several days, invite large groups of people to collaborate on projects related to computer programming.
“This region is large enough and has enough talent and people interested in this kind of work to bring them all together and let them spend 24 hours trying to build things that are interesting,” said Mark Richter, Executive Director of the C3.
WarriorHack begins on Friday, February 20 at 6:00 pm and ends on Saturday, February 21 at 6:00 pm. The event will bring together participants interested in coding, development, and design. All skill and interest levels are welcome.
“Some people have formal education in these areas, but a lot of young people have skills that they just sort of naturally develop by being around technology and using it for years,” said Richter.
The event will begin with a pitch of projects from organizations, groups, and some of the participants. These needs might be related to their website, application development, software, or just something that would be fun and interesting to do.
From here groups break down into smaller teams of five-to-seven who then spend the session working on a project for the 24 hour period. The winning team will receive a $1,000 cash prize with the second place team receiving $500.
The event is free for both participants and the organizations and groups submitting projects. Food and beverages will be provided for the participants. All participants need to bring are their laptops. There will also be guest speakers from the industry discussing a variety of topics. AT&T, the C3, and Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison website, are sponsors of the event.
“The big vision is that we can bring these people together and bring some of these companies together,” said Richter. “We know students will be in the room – but we also know young professionals and entrepreneurs will be in the room, too.”
Richter is hoping the benefits of this collaborative environment will go beyond simply working on the projects at hand.
“[The participants] get to know each other,” said Richter. “A lot of the benefit is that new relationships are created and the local ecosystem for software developers is strengthened. “
“This is our attempt to kind of bring everybody that’s interested together in one room,” said Richter. “Hopefully they’ll make some new friends, make some new business contacts, and make some interesting things that they can use personally in their own professional development in the future, and if this works, we’ll do another one next year and make it bigger and better.”
Spots are limited, so people interested in participating should visit thec3.com/warrior-hack for registration information. Organizations and individuals interested in sponsorship of the event may visit the website for more information.
WarriorHack Guest Speaker List:
Dave Francher from Infinite Al, David Giard from Microsoft, Jon Fazzaro and Eric Potter from Aptera, and Keith Thompson and Gale Shafer from Squaremouth.