If you are unable to make it, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we have a good headcount for food. Thanks!
Hackers Needed for Live TV Friday Morning
A local newscaster will be doing live television spots from the TVCOG this Friday morning to promote this weekend’s hackathon. The live TV spots will occur roughly once every half-hour, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 10:30 a.m. (Set up for the first spot is at 4:45 a.m., yikes!)
Our sponsors, mentors and staff will be on hand to talk to the reporter about hacking, the hackathon, TVCOG. But we would love to have some real live actual hackers to be present.
If any hackers out there would like to participate in these live broadcasts (to promote the culture of hacking and to help promote TVCOG) please contact our publicist, Duncan Crary (DCC@DuncanCrary.com) . He can tell you more about this opportunity and can answer any of your questions.
Are you in Troy Friday night? Stop by The Ruck starting at 6:30pm to socialize with other hackers, mentors and judges. We’ll have tags at the door so we can find each other in the scrum of Troy Night Out.
Please check in on the web site for the latest info on accommodations, schedule, sponsors and mentor info. Also, we are using DevPost for posting the projects and judging, so please create a DevPost account if you have not already done so!
Questions, comments or concerns?
Please let us know at email@example.com
We’re two weeks away from our first major Hackathon, and we already have 80 hackers registered! If you’re interested in learning more about it, and registering for the event, please check out the IoT Hackathon nexus at bit.ly/1VMFYVb
We are going to start having daily updates to the event information page, and also tweets as the event draws near, so now is a good time to follow us on Twitter @TVCOG
There are several topics in the discourse forums that are soliciting feedback from the community, including posts on removing some clutter from the makerspace, forming groups in different zones of operations to manage and maintain equipment, and feedback on our web presence. Jump in! You can join Discourse at http://discourse.tvcog.net
A complete list of events is on our calendar, but I wanted to point out a few near-term highlights:
TECH VALLEY CENTER OF GRAVITY TO HOST JANUARY HACKATHON HARDWARE CHALLENGE POWERED BY AT&T
Jeff Branson of SparkFun to Mentor and Judge, More Than $1,000 in Prizes
TROY, N.Y. (Dec. 10, 2015) — The Tech Valley Center Of Gravity (TVCOG) is inviting “hackers” from near and far to a two-day “hackathon” hardware challenge in its newly opened downtown space this winter.
The “Internet of Things Hackathon, hosted by the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and Powered by AT&T,” will take place from Saturday Jan. 30 to Sunday Jan. 31.
“Hacking has a PR problem because of a few hackers who write malicious code to spread viruses or steal data,” said Erica Rinehart Iannotti TVCOG chair. “The act of hacking is really about making something do something that it wasn’t designed for in order to solve a problem.”
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.
“Hackathons are around-the-clock intense,” Iannotti said. “They sleep here. No showers. You’re living on Red Bull, Cheetos and adrenalin. At the end of the weekend we celebrate what they’ve produced.”
There will be a top prize of at least $1,000, as well as other giveaways including a free TVCOG membership. But Iannotti says most hackers will come for the camaraderie, the excitement of competition, the good food (in addition to Cheetos) , the bragging rights and, most of all, the opportunity to mess with hardware they cant afford to own themselves.
“Most hackathons focus on software, this one will combine software, hardware and the Internet,” Iannotti said. “Teams of hackers will spend the weekend at TVCOG making software to connect physical objects to the Internet in new and interesting ways.”
Jeff Branson, educational outreach coordinator for SparkFun Electronics, will be attending the hackathon to mentor the participants and judge their creations. SparkFun Electronics is an online retailer that sells the parts to make your project a reality. SparkFun has been a champion of open-source hardware and software since 2003 and remains a committed partner for education, professional development and technological literacy. Sparkfun provides educational resources, hookup guides and project tutorials for a range of ages and abilities from kindergarten to NASA.
“Sparkfun is always thrilled to support hackathons. The value for us is in working side by side with the people in our community to develop and deploy new solutions for a digital citizenry. We participate in hackathons across the country that focus on embedded systems, Internet of Things, Node.js and community-based problem solving,” Branson said. “It’s particularly fun for me to come back to the Capital District, where I grew up, and work with TVCOG!”
Kishor Bagul, entrepreneur and former chief technology officer of New York State and TVCOG board member, will also judge in the contest.
THE INTERNET OF THINGS
The hackathon’s theme is The Internet of Things (IoT) which is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
TVCOG has teamed with AT&T to power the Internet of Things Hackathon.
“As an industry leader in the Internet of Things, a technology transforming how we live, communicate and work, AT&T is proud to collaborate with the Tech Valley Center of Gravity to power this hackathon and we’re excited to see the innovation that is developed during the event,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president, AT&T. “Our continued investment in a robust mobile network, the backbone driving Internet of Things, as well as our activities with local organizations working to foster the resurgence of the local economy through technological innovation is evidence of our continued support of the Capital Region and the entire Tech Valley.”
Registration is required but participation is free in the Internet of Things Hackathon, hosted by the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and Powered by AT&T.
To register, visit: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/hackathon/