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KU Engineering to Host Computer “Hackathon”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LAWRENCE — College-aged student innovators from around the region are invited to participate in the JayHacks “hackathon” Feb. 17-19 at the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

A hackathon is a sort of “invention marathon” in which computer programmers and others collaborate intensively on a short-term design project. Students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, interdisciplinary computing or related fields are welcome to participate.

“This is a great opportunity for students to network with companies, seek mentorship from engineers, gain experience working in a group, learn outside of the classroom, build something awesome and have a lot of fun,” organizers say on the event website.

Events start with a check-in at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Eaton Hall. After that, attendees are invited to attend a career fair and an opening ceremony — the actual “hacking” begins at 10 p.m. Students are allowed to compete as individuals or in teams.

“If you wish to join a team but don't have one prior to the event, we will have a special time for fellow hackers to meet you and potentially form a team with you,” organizers say.

There’s more than just work on the schedule: Breaks on Saturday will include a chance to meet therapy dogs, play basketball and badminton, and participate in a Super Smash Bros. tournament.

The hackathon will conclude at noon Sunday, Feb. 19, with a project expo and closing ceremony.

The event is free, and meals will be provided. Sponsors include the School of Engineering, Cerner, Cisco, Service Management Group and more. Registration and other information are available at the JayHacks website.

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