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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Local Nerds to Hold Lock-In This Weekend for Hackathon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

They have plans this weekend!
  • They have plans this weekend!

Don't let that headline turn you off -- this event is actually pretty cool.

On Saturday, Change.org is holding its second annual hackathon, where more than 200 geeks from all over the Bay Area will spend 24 hours creating new apps for social good. The engineers and designers will head over to the Change.org headquarters in Potrero Hill on Saturday morning, with sleeping bags and ideas for a stellar new app in tow.

They will spend the entire 24 hours designing and engineering an app that will then be judged the following morning. The winner will receive cash to continue building the new app. And if that doesn't get you excited -- Mayor Ed Lee, probably the least tech-savvy elected official --  will be there too!

"There's an incredible amount of talent among engineers and designers in Silicon Valley, but it isn't being harnessed for good," said Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of Change.org. "We want to give folks the chance to see the incredible impact they can have if they devote their energy to changing the world - even for just a day."


Change.org held its first Hack for Change last year, crowning designers who created an app called Good Neighbor. The app lets users receive text messages when their neighbors need help with quick tasks or errands.

If you are a tech geek with a good idea, a Star Trek sleeping bag, and no big plans this weekend, go register for the hackathon now.

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