If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC, there is an out-of-the-box fair happening this Saturday. There will be food trucks, music, and misting fans for tailgating. There'll be even alcoholic Italian ice, an inflatable obstacle course, and Nerf guns.
This Saturday at 2387 Clements Ferry Road, this may look like a miniature state fair. But it isn’t.
However, you’ll then notice the laptops and smartphones. This isn't just another Lowcountry barbecue or beer fest. It’s the Hackathon. The SPARC Hackathon 2.0, to be exact.
The Daniel Island software company is once again inviting computer programmers from around the Southeast to develop the best mobile applications they can in 12 hours. The event is free for all, and spectators are welcome.
Co-sponsored by Google and Microsoft and others, the Hackathon also will feature free food and drink, movies and video games and raffles for gift certificates to local eateries. Twenty-one teams have already signed up, and SPARC is expecting as many as 500 people to show up.
It will be lots of fun, but the main event is the coding. The apps will be judged on their innovation, user experience, quality and impact, and among the prizes is a $2,000 check for Best of Show.
Each app will then be published under a free license and will be available in SPARC's new private app store, Knappsack.
In addition to fueling technological productivity and maybe attracting some potential hires to SPARC, the hope is that the Hackathon serves to unite the Charleston technology community and showcasing it to the broader world.
To register to attend and for more information: http://hackathon.sparcedge.com/.