hack{cyprus} hackathon 2015

If you’ve missed it, this year’s hack{cyprus} hackathon tickets are up for grabs.  And yes, they are exactly 0 (zero!) EUR.  Free for both participants and visitors, thanks to sponsors.  So go get yours and don’t forget to attend either!

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{hack}cyprus hackathon 2014 summer edition

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{hack}cyprus hackathon returns for the third year!  The event will be held on June 28-29th in Limassol, at Cyprus University of Technology.  I missed the last year’s event, but I’ve been to the presentation of the projects in 2012.  Hopefully there will be more participants this year, with even better ideas for mobile, web, and hardware projects.

British Airways to hold a hackathon on a plane above the Atlantic ocean

British Airways to hold a hackathon on a plane above the Atlantic ocean

Isn’t that awesome?

As plane journeys are starting to get increasingly more entertaining with Wi-Fi onboard, Harlem Shakes, and cellphone service, British Airways is taking things a step further. On a transatlantic flight from San Francisco to London, the airline plans to invite 100 innovators to an 11-hour “UnGrounded” hackathon. A number of high-profile founders, CEOs, and venture capitalists will all participate, with the aim of collaborating to create some solutions to global problems.

The group will be tasked with presenting their findings at the DNA Summit workshop after they land in London. UnGrounded is part of a larger push by British Airways to participate in the start-up community. The airline joined up with RocketSpace recently, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco, to gain access to startups and RocketSpace founder Duncan Logan will be onboard. The plane departs on June 12th, with no tablet use during takeoff of course, and we’ll be watching closely to see what 11 hours in the skies above the Atlantic ocean brings to the table.

hack{cyprus}*12 presentations

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, I was going to see the presentations of project on the first Cyprus hackathon.  And I went.  And it was awesome!

It was a bit tricky to find and I nearly missed it, as I didn’t know all the buildings that belong to Cyprus University of Technology.  Luckily, I spotted a bunch of people in black t-shirts outside of the building.  And there are only three groups of people that wear black t-shirts: geeks, hard rock fans, and policemen.  I approached carefully, and once I knew these weren’t the police, I knew I would blend in and have a good time.

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hack{cyprus}*12

I’ve heard the hack{cyprus}*12 announcements for a few weeks now, but unfortunately was too busy with my own projects to attend.  If you missed all the noise, hack{cyprus}*12 is a hackathon-type event, where a bunch of people get together decide on a few ideas they want to implement and jump into coding.  They usually go at it non-stop for approximately 24-48 hours, after which they present the results.

These are quite common in all the countries where programmers live.  Now, we can proudly say that programmers live in Cyprus too.  The picture above is from a few minutes ago.  Just for the record, it’s Saturday night, after 1:00am!  That’s nothing but impressive.

The event seems to be quite well organized, with its own website, Facebook page, Twitter, and more.  (Have a look at their live stream page for latest updates.)  It is also being sponsored by quite a few companies, including Microsoft, Cyta, and Cyprus University of Technology.

As I said, unfortunately I was preoccupied with something else to book my attendance for this event.  However I am planning to go see the presentations tomorrow (care to join me?).  According to the schedule, some time around 5-5:30pm the teams will show off what they have managed to achieve in such a short time.