June 11, 2012

SPARC to Host Mobile App Hackathon

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2nd Annual SPARC Hackathon offers a full day of coding, cash prizes, and fun!

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 11, 2012 - SPARC, a Best Place to Work winner, opened registration today for its second annual mobile application hackathon being held on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Hackathon 2.0 will bring together teams of developers from around the country to compete for over $10,000 in prizes and giveaways, provide an energy-filled environment for spectators, and feature all the beer, caffeine, and tasty food trucks attendees can handle. The can't miss 16-hour event will be held at SPARC's headquarters on 2387 Clements Ferry Road in Charleston, SC.

SPARC's Hackathon 2.0 offers software engineers a chance to meet peers from around the industry, show off their mobile app skills in a creative environment, and have some fun along the way. Prizes will be awarded to teams who build the best applications, including two iPads for the "best in show" winner. The engaging nature of the competition, coupled with SPARC's award-winning culture, produces a can't-miss event for engineers - or spectators, who are also welcome at the event.

"We're hosting the Hackathon to open-source our culture to the industry as a whole. Where else can you form a team with someone from a different company or school, come hang out with some of the brightest developers in our industry, AND compete for cash and prizes doing what you love? Creativity and innovation thrive in that type of environment, and we want to share it with the world," said Amanda Noyes, S/W Engineer & Event Organizer.

Participants of Hackathon 2.0 will work in teams using their own equipment to develop applications based on a chosen concept or category. Teams can develop native apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, or use a framework such as PhoneGap that builds to an APK or IPA. Demos will be given at the event on SPARC equipment, and all code will be checked into SPARC's Github repository then released under a GPLv2 license after the event.

Check-in and setup will be from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., followed by idea revelation from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Application development will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., followed by judging and awards from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

Visit hackathon.sparcedge.com to register (as a team or spectator) or to learn more.

SPARC provides software product development services and support with customers in the commercial, federal, and defense contracting industries. SPARC offers a broad range of solutions in order to enhance customer-focused results in an industry driven by state-of-the-art technology. We infuse our services with robust scientific methods, complemented by modular information management technologies. Check us out online at http://www.sparcedge.com.

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