In less than a month the eleventh semi-annual hackathon will return to Penn State for another twenty-four hour marathon of brainstorming, coding, and designing innovative solutions to problems that Penn State students and members of the larger community.
During hackathons, students are encouraged to "hack" problems through technology. There are specific challenges such as last fall's new workshop that tackled cybersecurity, machine learning and data science, but groups are encouraged to create their own challenge or craft solutions to other problems they believe technology can solve.
Last fall more than 600 students participated in the hackathon with a group of Penn State graduate students winning top awards for their website focused on matching graduate advisors and new students. This spring's event, running Saturday, April 7 to Sunday, April 8, is open to students of all skill levels. While many students come from an engineering or computer technology background, some of the most successful projects can come from groups with a combination of creativity, new ideas, and a smattering of coding skills.
For more information on HackPSU, and to register for the event, visit hackpsu.org. Students can register in teams, or as an individual and create a team during the event.