(Victoria, BC – 6 September 2012) Students in the University of Victoria computer science and software engineering programs are being invited by AbeBooks.com to participate in a 24-hour ‘Hackathon’ coding competition on September 28-29.

The challenge is to conceive and produce a working prototype of 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. Contestants can compete individually or in groups of up to four.

It is free to participate and all entrants will receive a copy of a book called Programming Amazon EC2 by Jurg van Vliet and a commemorative t-shirt. Access to AWS for the coding competition will be provided by AbeBooks.

A subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. and located in Victoria since its launch in 1996, AbeBooks uses AWS in many parts of its online bookselling business and familiarity with cloud computing is useful for anyone wishing to work in the technology industry.

“We have very close ties to the university and that includes employing a good number of UVic co-op students and graduates,” said Tim Munro, the Director of Engineering at AbeBooks.com. “We wanted to give engineering and computer science students a chance to use AWS because an understanding of cloud computing, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is becoming increasingly important for everyone in the technology sector.

“Anyone who enters is going to have fun and face quite a challenge in producing something compelling in just 24 hours. Ultimately, it’s going to be a tremendous learning experience.”

The AbeBooks Hackathon 2012 will be staged at the University of Victoria engineering labs and begins at 4pm on Friday September 28. The event is limited to the first 40 applicants. 

Individuals or teams can register by emailing their name(s) and contact details to hackathon@abebooks.com


About AbeBooks.com
An online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, AbeBooks offers millions of books for sale from thousands of booksellers around the world. AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is based in Victoria, BC, Canada. AbeBooks Europe GmbH, a German subsidiary of AbeBooks Inc., is based on Düsseldorf, Germany.

Richard Davies, PR manager, AbeBooks Office Ph: 250-412-3238 Email rdavies@abebooks.com

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