My friend Ed Donahue asked me to pass along some information about Apps4VA and their upcoming hackathons this weekend. Apps4VA sounds pretty cool so I am happy to oblige. Note: Most of what follows is copied with permission from Ed’s blog at Apps4VA Hackathons
What is Apps4VA?
The Apps4VA program challenges the public to develop software applications (apps) that will use or analyze education information in unique ways – in other words, make a great app that helps us understand the nature or impact of educational reach. Apps4VA is sponsoring several unique programs and competitions and more than $25K in cash and prizes is up for grabs.
On October 19-20, Apps4VA will host a series of hackathons across Virginia that challenges participants to create apps that improve education using this data catalog. There will be 5 locations hosting the hackathons:
- Arlington: Uber Offices, Register here
- Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology: ICAT STUDIOne, Register here
- Charlottesville: Hack CVille, Register here
- Norfolk: Hatch, Register here
- Richmond: 804RVA, Register here
Now, for the most important part: the prizes! The grand prize is $1500! At each location there will be a First Prize: $750 and there will be a Hacker’s Choice Prize: $250. In addition, the local hosts and sponsors will have other prizes including the chance to win some Windows Phones for people who develop a Windows 8 app! Yay!!
Here are some resources to help get you started with developing your submission:
- Windows 8 30 to Launch (tips, tricks and resources for Windows 8 development)
- Windows 8 RTM 90-day evaluation download
- Visual Studio 2012 (Express for Windows 8 is free!)
- Windows Phone 30 to Launch (tips, tricks and resources for Windows Phone development)
- Windows Phone SDK download
- Windows Azure 90-day trial