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Hashtags: #HackCitySF // #VERGECon

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Krys Freeman
Director of Systems + Technology, GreenBiz Group

Krys Freeman is one of today’s rising entrepreneurs, technologists and visionaries.   Read more…

Blake Burris
Co-Founder, Cleanweb

A geek entrepreneur as heart, I learned BASIC on Apple IIs and had Commodores and Amiga computers before computers were cool. Today, I'm leading the effort to blow up #Cleanweb as the answer to the most presssing issues related to energy, climate and resource contraints.   Read more…

John K. Bernd
Product Manager - Panoptix, Johnson Controls

I am the product manager for Panoptix Platform Services at Johnson Controls. I have 20 years of experience in the software industry in both supply chain and building efficiency solutions. This includes roles in software development, project management, and product management.   Read more…

Simone Vigano
Certified Scrum Product Owner - Panoptix, Johnson Controls

Simone is the Product Owner for Panoptix Platform at Johnson Controls. Born and raised in Italy, he brings 12 years of experience in IT in different countries and positions: software development, R&D, project management. Simone has strong passion for business, technology and new ventures.   Read more…

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a short collaborative programming session designed to rapidly develop new ideas and implementations. Usually teams form around common interests, develop a reasonable goal, and devise a plan to use their team's skills to reach that goal in the time allowed. The time constraint forces teams to "make it work" instead of "make it perfect", and adds a bit of excitement.

Where is the Hackathon located?

Code for America HQ
155 Ninth St. btwn Minna & Natoma (2 blocks from Misson)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Who can sign up for the Hackathon?

Anyone who feels they can help out on November 9-11th is welcome to sign up!

We hope to draw a diverse crowd of programmers, designers, data experts, and local citizens, doubling as area knowledge experts, who are excited about creating something new overnight.

How long will the Hackathon last?

The Hackathon will span over the course of approximately 36 hours. View the overall schedule.

Do I need to be in San Francisco to hack?

YES. In order to submit your project for the available prizes, you need to have a team present on site for judging and participation. Bearing that in mind, we welcome you to submit your great ideas for apps: hackcity [at] greenbiz [dot] com

What is the purpose of Hack City?

Participants will spend two days applying their information technology skill sets to challenges posed by our known resource contraints. They will emerge from the design charette with new market-ready strategies (maybe a few apps and data visualizations) that will generate radical efficiencies across key VERGE markets.

Is there a winner and how is it chosen?

Winners will be selected, according to each winning app's adherence to prize guidelines, by a panel of Hack City judges - during our Developer's Showcase. There will also be a small prize for the hacker's choice

Can VERGE registrants watch the Hackathon?

VERGE San Francisco & GreenBuild registrants, who are present in San Francisco from November 9-11, are welcome (and encouraged) to stop by Code for America Headquarters during the Hackathon. The Developer's Showcase on Sunday at 4pm will give the teams an opportunity to showcase their completed tools.


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