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Hackathons Dominate Pittsburgh in February

Hackathons Dominate Pittsburgh in February

Article Published: February 9, 2015

Screen Shot 2015 02 09 At 111434 AMLooking for a hackathon to show off your technical prowess while helping out a great cause? Pittsburgh is ripe with hackathons this February. Lose yourself for a weekend. Forget about the nasty weather. Make new connections and solve tough problems. Check out this list and start hacking:


CMU Hack-A-Startup 

February 20-22, 2015

Hack-a-Startup, inspired by Startup Weekend, is an event where engineers, business students, designers, and any aspiring entrepreneurs get together for a weekend to pitch ideas and work on projects. On Friday night, participants pitch their ideas and form teams around the top voted ideas. Teams work through the weekend (except going home to sleep of course) and on Sunday night teams present prototypes and pitches to a panel of judges. If you are at all interested in entrepreneurship, you do not want to miss this event!

Steel City Codefest  

February 21-22, 2015

The Steel City Codefest is a city-wide app building event that brings together coders, designers, and innovation enthusiasts to create apps for local government, citizens, and community organizations over a 24-hour period. Participants form teams, tackle challenges and compete for prizes. Codefest 3.0 will allow teams to use their creativity to develop and build innovative apps. Teams will have the option to build their own ideas or to select one of the challenges that will be presented by local nonprofit organization or government agency.

Mylan Hackathon 

February 28- March 1, 2015 

Mylan is ambitious: It is committed to providing the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine and to setting new standards in health care. Mylan is looking forward to hosting the 2015 Mylan Hackathon, an opportunity for students and professionals to connect, collaborate and communicate with your peers and Mylan professionals to develop innovative solutions that address real-world challenges.

Mylan will provide a terrific space for hacking, great food and awesome prizes. Mylan coaches and engineers will be on-hand throughout the event to help you be successful and make your teams’ ideas a reality.

Challenges include building a web or mobile app, finding solutions to make data more accessible or creating a visualization tool.

This year's focus is 100% on building - no PowerPoint files, please!

Pitt Mobile App Challenge

Now through March 19, 2015

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge asks students to consider a problem or unmet need they experience in their day-to-day life and think about how they might solve that problem or meet that need with a mobile app. 

Students can participate in three separate categories: Idea, Mockup, and Prototype. The idea category asks students to submit a brief online description of their app. In the mockup category, students upload a visual representation of what their app would look like and how it would work. The prototype category gives students a chance to build and submit a working prototype of their app idea.

Entries will be posted online and winners in each category will be determined by student voting. Students may vote for as many different ideas as they like, but students can only vote for each specific entry once. Students can enter and vote at http://pi.tt/appchallenge or by logging in to My Pitt (my.pitt.edu) by clicking the Pitt Mobile App Challenge link in the right-hand column. 

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