Festivals + Events, City Picks


When: Sat., Aug. 25, 8 a.m. 2012

Bummed the Olympics are officially over? We are, too. But here’s the good news: Charleston techies are keeping the gold- medal spirit alive with the second annual Hackathon, hosted by SPARC. “If the IT industry had an Olympic event, this would be it,” says event organizer Amanda Hodges. At the Hackathon, teams of one to three developers will have 12 hours to create a mobile app that is compatible with either an Android, iOS, Blackberry, or Windows 7 Phone. But don’t let the computer jib-jab and strings of numbers fool you; these apps are friggin’ awesome. Last year’s winners developed an app for planning out road trips. The event also fosters community. “A competition is a great way for us to get to know each other, mix and match on teams, and do what we do best. We want to bring attention to the tech talent in Charleston,” Hodges adds. If you’re not so tech-savvy and still want a slice of the action, the Hackathon has plenty of goodies to keep you occupied, like a free video game lounge and an outdoor inflatable obstacle course. Roti Rolls, Taco Boy, and Magic Cheese food trucks will make appearances to fuel the hacking. Whether spectator or participant, register online so SPARC can get a head count.

Deanna Kerley

Price: Free

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