BUFFALO, N.Y. – Dozens of Western New York college
students are expected to compete in a 24-hour hackathon this
weekend at the University at Buffalo.
The event pairs budding developers, designers and entrepreneurs
together to create new computer software in a fast-paced and
“This is a chance for developers to get together,
brainstorm ideas and show off the skills they’ve learned both
in and outside the classroom,” said Nick DiRienzo, a UB
sophomore majoring in computer science and engineering and
organizer of the event.
At the hackathon’s conclusion on Sunday, teams will
present their ideas to a panel of judges. They will be ranked based
upon usefulness, technical difficulty, creativity and polish. More
than $2,000 worth of prizes will be distributed.
Here’s some more information:
Who: Students from UB, St. Bonaventure University, the
Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Buffalo State.
What: Contrary to the term’s connotations, the
original meaning of “hacking” was coding and building
programs for computer software. A hackathon is when entrepreneurs,
designers and developers come together for a weekend to collaborate
and build cool things.
When: The hackathon begins at noon Saturday, April 13,
and continues into the next day. Note: The best visuals will occur
starting at 2 p.m. Sunday when students demonstrate what they
Where: Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, UB North Campus
(building no. 37 on this map:
The hackathon was organized by UB’s chapter of the
Association for Computing Machinery, which bills itself as the
world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
Sponsors include Synacor, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, SendGrid, InfoTech
Niagara, Engine Yard, GitHub, Ambur, and UB Computer Science and