March 22, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU, Azalea Health Host Third Annual Hackathon March 26

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Azalea Health will host the third annual Hackathon from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in Nevins Hall. 

Hackathon is open to all currently enrolled high school, college, and university students interested in computer science, engineering, or computer design. During the all-day competition, teams of two to five students will collaboratively develop innovative software applications for use in the health care industry.

Teams can be created at Hackathon or arranged beforehand and retain full ownership of what they create during the event.

A panel of judges will select the top three teams based on the innovation/creativity, quality, user-friendliness, accuracy, and overall presentation of the final creations. The first place team will receive $1,000. The second place team will receive $500. The third place team will receive $250. To be eligible for prizes, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created onsite during the competition.

The deadline to register to compete at Hackathon is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. There are no entry fees.

Computers, WiFi, food, drinks, swag, and the opportunity to commune with like-minded students will be provided. Students may also bring their personal laptops, chargers, cellphones, and anything else they might need throughout the day to the event.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. After receiving their problem that needs solving, teams will work on their software applications from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and present their creations at 4:45 p.m. The presentation of awards will begin at 6 p.m.

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