Students in the University of Victoria computer science and software engineering programs are being invited by AbeBooks.com to participate in the second annual 24-hour ‘Hackathon’, a coding competition on January 31 to February 1, 2014.
The challenge is to conceive and produce an innovative application using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform. At the conclusion, the students will demonstrate their work to a team of AbeBooks’ software engineers, who will award a series of prizes that include $500 worth of access to AWS. Entries will be judged in a variety of categories: Best use of big data, Best mobile experience, Best use of AWS, Best use of social data, and more. A group of AbeBooks software engineers including Director of Engineering Tim Munro and Engineering Manager Cliff McCollum will be on hand to answer questions and assist students with the processes.
The event will be staged at the University of Victoria engineering labs and begins at 4pm on Friday January 31. The event is limited to the first 40 applicants. Students can compete individually or in groups of up to four.
It is free to participate and all entrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a valuable learning experience with AWS; access to which will be provided by AbeBooks for the coding competition.
On Wednesday January 15th, AbeBooks will offer a free information session in ECS 660 from 1:30-3:30pm. During this time, students can register for the Hackathon, pickup registration packages, meet AbeBooks engineers, and ask questions.
Individuals or teams can register by emailing their name(s) and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org