6 Hackathons You Should Know About

By Jennifer Goforth Gregory

While you may think of spring as the prime hackathon season, many innovative events are held in summer and early fall. Here are six that you should know about.

HackN’ Jill #HackYourSummer

hackathonJune 7 to June 8
New York, New York

While many hackathons are male-dominated, Hack’N Jill’s goal is for each of its efforts to include at least half female participants. Hack’N Jill hosted Hacksgiving last fall, which attracted over 51 percent female developers. The mission for all of Hack’N Jill’s hackathons is to “create an environment where both genders feel comfortable to build cool things together.” This group’s summer hackathon promises the same inclusive environment, and will focus on creating apps around summertime fun in the Big Apple with an emphasis on food, fitness, music and travel.

Hack the Midwest

June 15 to June 16
Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas

Who says the only cool hackathons are in NYC or San Francisco? Grab up five of your colleagues and develop an application using one of this event’s sponsors’ API’s in 24 hours. Based on the API selected, you compete for prizes including an iPad mini, $500 in cash, $500 in streaming services or $100 in Amazon gift cards. Prizes will also be offered for teams who develop a project using an API other than a sponsor’s. Last year’s Hack the Midwest saw over 100 participants and 28 submissions.

HealthHack NYC

June 22 to June 23
New York, New York

Developers with expertise or interest in healthcare technology should head to the 36-hour HealthHack NYC, sponsored by Happtique and the Application Developers Alliance. The purpose is to encourage the creation of applications furthering health and wellness. Prizes include cash and free tickets to Happtique’s Health App Certification Program.

Monthly Music Hackathon

Last Saturday of Every Month, Next Hackathon June 29
New York, New York

Spend your Saturday afternoon working alongside other developers, artists and musicians to create music related projects. At 1 p.m., a music and technology discussion is held (past topics have included Jazz & Technology and Hacking Music and Audio Research). At 8 p.m., a concert and the day’s creations are presented to hackers and the general public. The hackathons are free and open to anyone interested, but organizers request an RSVP.

Disrupt SF

Sept. 7 to Sept. 8
San Francisco, California

Similar to the well-heralded Disrupt NY hackathon held in May, the Disrupt SF, sponsored by TechCruch, promises a weekend of competition, speakers and networking opportunities. Thirty-minute API workshops will be held on Saturday afternoon. Tickets are available in limited quantities for anyone wanting to watch the presentations, but not compete. You can keep on top of the latest news for Disrupt SF by following @hackdisrupt.

Splunk 2013 Hackathon

September 30
Las Vegas, Nevada

Develop Splunk-based projects that effectively use machine data. Since the hackathon is the day after the .conf2013, both conference attendees and locals can attend the event. Developers at any level of skills with Splunk, the REST APIs and SDKs are invited to compete for the titles of “Best Application” and “Best Application for Social Impact.”

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