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Hackers invited to let loose at SIU

Hackers invited to let loose at SIU

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Got 12 hours to spare? What can your imagination come up with in that amount of time? The biggest question is can you use a computer to build the thought within your mind?

Dav Glass and Darryl Jones, organizers of the Hack SI hackathon, encourage individuals of all technological talent to come out because it could be a great learning opportunity or a chance to show off skills from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at Dunn-Richmond Center in Carbondale.

There is no cost to participate in the event. Lunch and dinner will be provided through the activity, as well as a free T-shirt to the first 100 people that register at www.hacksi.me. As many as 150 people may enter. Registration also is open on the day of the event.

Glass said there are no rules to what individuals can create as long as it is within the timeframe.

“Participants have 12 hours to build what they can and then show it off their peers at the contest,” Glass said. “Websites, apps for the iPhone or android, robots or basically anything people can come up with.”

He added a setting like this is where some of the best creations are formed.

“During an event like this, there are no restrictions on hackers,” he said. “Individuals can build what comes from their imagina-tion and that is where some of the coolest ideas come from.”

After the 12 hours are over, there will be a panel of judges giving their thoughts and using a simple form of judging.

“The judging will be based on a ‘coolness factor’ and what can be done with the creation,” Glass said.

The event is sponsored by SIU and local businesses including Liaison Technologies and Splattered Ink.

These hackathon’s typically run for 24 to 36 hours, so this 12-hour version is sort of a test to see how things are going to work out, Glass said.

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

618-351-5823

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