If you’ve never heard about a hackaton, you can just imagine putting together a marathon and hacking and developing and coding and that’s what a hackaton essentially is. Although it sounds complicated, this year the Techsylvania Hackaton in Cluj, Romania will be as fun and entertaining as it will be hard. Developers from across the country and even from abroad can participate in the massive 24 hour hackaton for a chance to earn neat prizes and have their app demonstrated in front of specialists from Google, Uber, Words with Friends and many more.
The Techsylvania Hackaton is going to take place between June 6 and 7 and it accepts any developers, big or small to participate in the massive event. Contestants will be able to hack on a variety of devices, including the Apple Watch, Pebble, Oculus Rift, LeapMotion, EyeTribe tracker, Vector smart watch (which is the first time in Romania), Moto 360, Google Glass, Sphero, Up by Jawbone and many more.
There will be more than 100 developers at the Techsylvania Hackaton and the catch is that they can’t prepare. They can use open-source APIs and software development kits, but other then that, the challenge of the hackaton is to create something new, creative and innovative right on the spot. Those who would like to participate in the Hackaton will have to pay about 30 euros to enter and registrations are still open. Don’t be afraid to go alone, though, as you will be able to join teams that are already there or form teams with other people who came alone. If you’re convinced already, check out the rules and frequently asked questions about the hackaton here and go get registered. If you’re not convinced, read on, I trust you’ll find this interesting. Also, check out the highlights video from Techsylvania and Hackaton 2014 below!
The Hackaton will not only include developers sweating over an Apple Watch, for 24 hours, though. There will be food, there will be drinks, and most importantly: there will be coaching sessions and hopefully, we’ll also be there to poke our noses into your new projects. You need to keep in mind that once you’re a participant in the hackaton, you are going to have to develop and show off something. It’s an excellent opportunity to socialize with other developers and people who are fascinated by software and technology, all the while working on your own skills and learning about pitching your own products to investors during the follow-up conferences. More about that tomorrow!
This is not the first edition of the Techsylvania Hackaton, though. Last year’s hackaton was a great success, as Borat would say, and the top three projects which were deemed worthy of prizes were shown off in front of the crowd attending the Techsylvania conference. The winners will receive free entry to these conferences, which albeit doesn’t sound like much, is actually a great opportunity for networking, especially for developers, seeing as the speakers present there will no doubt be interested in what you did to the Apple Watch and the Pebble to earn a prize. Speakers from Google, Uber, Bitdefender, Words with Friends and many more will be there at the conference and you might get a chance to interact with hem afterwards.
Although the hackaton is not for everyone, it does demonstrate that the technology scene, if I may, has progressed a lot in Romania. If you’re not familiar with this European country, you should know that it’s developing crazy fast and software developers like the ones participating in the hackaton are a big part of this development. Alongside the start-up scene, the developer scene in Romania has seen a boom in recent years, in part thanks to last year’s hackaton and the Techsylvania conference.
Last year at the 2014 hackaton, we got to see apps like SecurEye revolutionize the way in which we interact with ATMs and security checks, Heart Attack Detective getting out timely emergency calls to services in case of heartbeat irregularities, Marionette turn 2048 3D with Google Glass and LeapMotion and many others. You can check out the full list of apps that the hackaton participants developed last year in this blog post. There were Oculus Rift apps, Pebble apps, Onyx Beacon apps, Withings apps, Up by Jawbone apps and many more, so we expect this year’s hackaton to be even more amazing.
If you are curious about Hackaton Techsylvania, keep an eye on Geek Reply as we will be following up with more information about the conferences, speakers, developers, producers, past projects, events and organizers soon enough. We will also be at the event and keep you up to date with what developers are working on. Since Romania is not most well known for its IT and developer community, the Techsylvania Hackaton and conferences are a great way to get word out there and raise awareness about the geniuses that participate in these events.
We are gearing up for Hackaton Techsylvania and a slew of interesting conversations with Google’s branding evangelist Peter Juszczynski, Bitdefender CEO Florin Talpes, Words with Friends creator David Bettner, Mailbox co-founder Gentry Underwood, former Siri board member Frank Meehan, Senior developer advocate at PayPal Cristiano Betta and many more. We’re also looking forward to the new apps hackaton contestants will develop for all the devices that will be available to them. Stay tuned for more innovation from a part of Europe you might have never heard about!