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 third annual event
pairs budding developers, designers and entrepreneurs together to
create new computer software in a fast-paced and creative
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.
Here’s some additional information:
What: Contrary to the term’s connotations, the
original meaning of “hacking” is coding and building
computer software programs. A hackathon is when entrepreneurs,
designers and developers come together to collaborate and build
When: The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and
continues into Sunday. Note: The best visuals will occur around 2
p.m. Sunday, when students start to demonstrate their hacks.
Where: Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, UB North Campus
(building no. 37 here: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf).
You may not know: UB hackers are developing a reputation
as some of the nation’s best. Recently, they’ve taken
honors at competitions in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
On-site contacts: Nick DiRienzo, Pat Jameson and Isaac
Reath, all computer science and engineering majors at UB.
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 Gradfly and Bloomberg, as well as Synacor,
InfoTech Niagara, Facebook, Softrek Corp., Advance 2000 and
UB’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.