ODU Raises the Bar on Handling Water Levels


In conjunction with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) hosted a Code for Good hackathon under the White House’s Climate Data initiative.  The project here was to design a system of low-cost water level sensors, aggregate the data to evaluate weather conditions, and provide useful services to the community.

Android* Tablet Gamejam/Meetup

A hackathon is an event where people get together and make things from scratch over a solid block of time.  A codefest is a subtype of hackathon, focused exclusively on software development.  A gamejam is a further specialized type of codefest, where the projects being developed are games.  There is variance in the details and naming choices, but this is the general breakdown.

Mission Possible: Making Math Fun Through Games – An Education Hackathon


The Intel® Code for Good Math Game Event was a rather ambitious undertaking for two reasons. First, the topic of math and figuring out a strategy to make it fun and educational is a tough mission in and of itself. Secondly, the hackathon was a coordinated event involving interns and volunteers at three different Intel® sites over the weekend of July 19 and 20, 2014.

How Sponsors and Developer Evangelists Can Win at Hackathons

I recently wrote here about the 2014 SoHacks hackathon, and doing so inspired me to do a general write-up on hackathon best practices based on my experience.  I hear comments now and then from those involved with developer evangelism that hackathons are a waste of time and money, and I believe this article can help put that broad claim to rest.

ABC for 123: Intel + CGCC Early Literacy Hackathon

Last month, over 50 students converged at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for 24 hours to make games helping kids learn to read.  Gaining and honing JavaScript skills, these students developed their games based on early literacy concepts explained by Arizona Literacy Director Terri Clark and Cathy Otto from SW Institute for Children and Families.

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