Checkout the AT&T Temple Edutech Hackathon on April 5th and 6th

Heard about this via email today. Looks like a fabulous event.

Temple University is delighted to host the AT&T Temple Edutech Hackathon on April 5th and 6th at Alter Hall to anyone interested in creating mobile and web applications that can help impact Philadelphia’s education community. Anyone at Temple University can participate this first Hackathon at Temple University.

AT&T, Temple University’s Urban Apps & Maps, Jarvus Innovations, andTechnically Philly are keeping the momentum moving after TechCamp Education: Philadelphia, where nearly 20 projects were started that could impact students, educators and parents in Philadelphia. We want Temple Community to join the rest of Philadelphia civic hacking community to solve REAL education problems identified by the School District and Philadelphia Housing Authority.

The Hackathon is generously supported by AT&T’s Developer Program team, which organizes hackathons across the U.S.  They offer prizes, experience, support and more to help you learn about new technologies and crank out innovative apps in just 24 hours.  The event is also supported by the Institute of Business and Information Technology at Temple University who provides food and drink on Saturday.

This supercharged event begins Friday night with lightning talks where technology sponsors and educators introduce developers to exciting new platforms or tools to build smarter and faster. By asking the question “what if…” attendees are able to explore the fringes of technology and the physical world to depths that you and I have only dreamed about. Bring a friend as you travel down this path of app creation and work collectively to turn your concepts into reality.

Since your will working in a team, ANY Temple Students, developer or not, will be able to contribute to this exciting event. Furthermore, the event will provide an incredible opportunity to build network with leading app developers and designers in the region.

We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.

You Bring: Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or are a designer and only work with Illustrator, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!

Event Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekends agenda:

  • 06PM – Friday Evening – Kickoff event with drinks, networking and dinner!
  • 07PM – Friday Evening – Lightning talks from the guest speakers listed below
  • 08PM – Friday Evening – Idea pitches and team formation
  • 10AM – Saturday Morning –  The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce the app spec’d out the night before. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 6PM.
  • 06PM – Saturday Evening – Promptly at 6PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures with direct immediate feedback from a panel of judges. Finalists will be chosen who will compete for prizes later during the April 23rd Philly Tech Week Demo presentation event “Switch Philly.”

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  • April 8 – Wednesday – at Devnuts: Teams will continue to polish their projects for the Philly Tech Week demo presentation, where prizes will be awarded.
  • April 15 – Wednesday – at Devnuts: Teams will continue to polish their projects for the Philly Tech Week demo presentation, where prizes will be awarded.
  • April 22 – Monday –  at Temple University: Urban Apps & Maps Studios Open House. All Temple Teams will present their work and Temple Award will be awarded to the best Temple Student projects.
  • April 23 – Tuesday – Switch Philly Demo Presentation night: During Philly Tech Week 2013 presented by AT&T, the hard work spent during the months of March and April will be rewarded with a demo presentation event where prizes will be awarded to the best education projects.

Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:

  • Grand Prize – $5,000 startup grant, plus business services provided in-kind from local partners (TBD)
  • Idea Prize – One free month of Azure (no CC required) and Azure Services

Together with the generous support from Temple University Computer Services, we are able to offer additional awards to all Temple students :

  • 1st Place Temple Student Prize: $2,500
  • 2nd Place Temple Student Prize: $1,500
  • 3rd Place Temple Student Prize: $1,000
Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.
  • 33% Weight – Concept
  • 33% Weight – Development progress
  • 33% Weight – Implementation opportunity
Social Media. 
  • Follow us @hackathonlive for live updates and photos from the event
Registration.
Please register at http://hackphilly.eventbrite.com/.
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