WATCH: Inside the world’s largest student-run hackathon

 

Posted by Mark Davis on 23 January 2015

As we reported a couple weeks ago, it looks like student hackathons may become the next big thing in the U.S. They're so big, in fact, that there's even a hacking league now — Major League Hacking.  The spring hackathon season has now begun, and the biggest event of them all — PennApps — took place in Philadelphia last weekend.  And the competition was more intense than ever.

If you want to know everything that went down at PennApps, read this great writeup from David Ongchoco over at Technical.ly.  As David writes:

PennApps Winter 2015 was the 11th edition, and it was everything one would expect from PennApps and more. More than 1,300 hackers from all over the world got to use the latest technologies like the Oculus Rift, AR.Drones, Myo armbands and even have fun with penguins, go ice skating and binge on Insomnia Cookies. 

But here's the coolest part:  PennApps used to be open only to college students.  But now, high school hackers can participate too, and in fact over 90 high school students were there this time!

We love the whole hackathon thing, and will continue to bring you guys the latest news in this area.  If you really want to get a feel for what one of these events looks like, check out the video below.  It's the opening ceremonies from PennApps last weekend.

We'd love to get your thoughts.  Are you thinking about going to any hackathons?

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