People of all technology expertise, from total beginner to experienced programmer, are invited to participate in CodeRGV‘s first Hackathon at the Weslaco EDC. The event takes place overnight, Jan. 20-21, and brings together people from different skills and professional backgrounds to make projects that can benefit the Valley.
The Hackathon features exclusive data from across the Rio Grande Valley, from historical data on United States-Mexico bridge wait times to data from RGV county agencies. CodeRGV will provide suggested challenges or participants can work on their own projects that benefit the Valley.
Participants do not need to have technology experience to attend. According to CodeRGV, “Technology projects need a lot of help outside of programming, like designers and people to document how to download and use a technology. Most projects fail to create enough documentation, and they turn out useless! Projects also benefit from project manager roles – who ensure the projects are progressing and are completed in time.”
Those attending may stay the night and are also free to come and go during the 29 hours from 9 a.m. Jan. 20 – 4 p.m. Jan. 21. Snacks and meals are provided for everyone. Participants should bring their laptops and chargers, along with power strips if possible, and to dress comfortably for an overnight event.
The event concludes with participants “pitching” their projects and an evaluation from a panel of judges. All aspects for the projects will be under review, from design to a functional app or technology, if one exists. Prizes go to best projects, as well as various categories.
Registration is $15 per person, or $50 for a group of five tickets. For more information or to register, visit the event website.