The Tech Valley Center of Gravity is inviting “hackers” from near and far to a two-day “hackathon” hardware challenge in its newly opened downtown Troy space this winter. Get the details!
The “Internet of Things Hackathon hosted by TVCOG and powered by AT&T” will take place from Saturday, January 30th to Sunday, January 31st. The theme of the hackathon is The Internet of Things, which consists of the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Think about how many devices we use on a daily basis and how they connect to the internet. From cell phones to Fitbits to thermostats, most products we use incorporate some aspect of smart technology to make our day to day life more convenient.
What exactly is a hackathon, you ask? A hackathon is an event, usually lasting more than a day, where groups of computer programmers and other tech-oriented people collaborate intensely on projects using software. Hackers typically stay in the space the entire time working constantly.
“Hacking has a PR problem because of a few hackers who write malicious code to spread viruses or steal data,” said Erica Iannotti, TVCOG Chair, in a press release. “The act of hacking is really about making something do something that it wasn’t designed for in order to solve a problem.”
There will be a top prize of at least $1,000, as well as other giveaways including a free TVCOG membership. However, Iannotti said most hackers will come for the camaraderie, the good food, the bragging rights and most of all, the opportunity to work with hardware they can’t usually afford themselves.
Registration for the hackathon is required, but participation is free. Register today!