APPS FOR RENO, BY RENO: A 24 Hour Hackathon
There is an overwhelming amount of talent in Reno and the entire Northern Nevada area. Hack4Reno allows developers and designers to learn new technology, showcase their talent and ultimately build new apps that help make Reno a smarter, more engaged place to live.
We want you to build the next app that Reno citizens use to find the best bike routes, the best bars in town, the best food.
We want you to build websites that help your former colleague find a new job, learn a new skill or better experience the great outdoors.
We want you to build something that helps make life in Reno just a little bit better.
24 HOURS TO BUILD SOMETHING?!
Design and development of your apps will begin at noon on October 15th and go through noon on the next day, so yes, an entire 24 hours! It can be done! We want you to build a minimum viable product and not get caught up in the details.
DEMO PRESENTATION: COMPETE TO WIN FAME & FORTUNE!
At the end of the 24 hours, you and your team will have an hour to prepare a demo presentation on the Hack4Reno stage. Your entries will then be judges by the community.
What's in it for you? We will have cash and other prizes for the top performers in various categories. The categories are still being determined but spending a weekend building something for the greater good might just pay off for you! So there is certainly some fortune at stake. Did we mention fame? You'll be building a website or application that will be used by hundreds, if not thousands of people in the Reno area!
Identify an issue or problem in the community and build a new tool or service to help alleviate that issue! You will be surprised at how many people also share your concern!
NEED AN IDEA?
Start talking to your friends, colleagues, family and neighbors! Look for pain points that you or your friends have that could be alleviated by more information or an app on your mobile phone.
We are working with the City of Reno and other government entities to create and publish existing datasets that include things like crime data, energy consumption and more. These datasets will be available for you to use in your apps or you can find your own datasets on web services like Twitter, Foursquare and Craigslist.
Some ideas to get you going:
WHERE DO I START?
We will be hosting FREE workshops, mixers and classes leading up to the main event to make sure that you have the skills and tools necessary to compete and have a chance at building something truly great for our wonderful community! Check them out here and sign up! Attendance will be limited by space in some of the events!
STAY UP TO DATE
Get up to the minute updates on Facebook (search for Hack4Reno) or Twitter (@hack4reno).
WHAT IF I AM NOT A DEVELOPER OR DESIGNER, BUT WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
We would love for you to get involved! This event is going to be taking place in the Downtown City Plaza for a few reasons. We want to be as open and transparent as possible but we also want people to come down and see what goes into building websites and mobile apps!
If you really love the concept and want to help us out, please sign up as a volunteer and we'll be in touch!
HOW CAN MY COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION GET INVOLVED?
If your company or organization would like to get involved in helping to make Reno a smarter, more engaged community, we have three options:
WHY HACK4RENO? WHY OPEN DATA?
Quality news and information is required if people are to participate fully in the lives of their communities. Hack4Reno allows developers and designers to learn new technology, showcase their talent and ultimately build new apps that help make Reno a smarter, more engaged place to live.
Reno Collective is a collaborative workspace for freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups and creative professionals located in downtown Reno.
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