5C Hack-a-thon

By Lauren Prince ‘14Editor-In-Chief

Imagine a bunch of nerds chugging Red Bull at three in the morning, staring at computer screens. No, this is not a typical night at Harvey Mudd that I’m talking about, it’s the Hackathon.

On April 6, Claremont College students will gather in the Pomona Computer Science building. The event is organized annually by the Hacker League with the goal of innovation through internal Hackathons.

The theme for this year’s Hackathon is “build something a 5C student would love to use.” Teams of four will work 12 hours straight. Some already have plans to work on a course recommendation engine, easier ways to quickly share files, and a better aggregation site of 5C building hours.

In preparation for this week, there will be three, two-hour tutorials on Java Web Development, Git, BitBucket, and Iron.io APIs.

After the Hackathon ends, each group will have two minutes to present their projects before judges who are leaders in their field. Winners will receive prizes such as headphones, and stereos, among other things.

The Hackathon will take place from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on April 6, with tutorials in the hours before the event. If you’d like to participate but do not have a team, the organizers will find one for you.

For more information about the Hackathon, visit www.hackerleague.org/Hackathons/claremont-colleges-Hackathon or  e-mail kmerrill27@gmail.com or jesse.pollak@pomona.edu.