April 29, 2015
This weekend, the Internet & Television Expo will hold the very first INTXHACK, a 24-hour hackathon focused on rethinking the future of digital entertainment. At stake is a total of $18,000 available to winning ideas.
“Thousands of industry leaders are coming to Chicago for INTX: The Internet and Television Expo for a first-hand view of the people, companies, ideas and technologies that will shape the future,” said Michael Powell, President and CEO of National Cable and Telecommunications Association, in a statement. “INTXHACK is the ideal way to kick off a week devoted to the disruptive innovations driving the digital economy forward.”
Aimed at challenging Chicago entrepreneurs and technologists to provide solutions and launch innovations in digital media (including television, movies, and games), INTXHACK will be held at Chicago startup hub 1871. The hackathon was created as a joint effort alongside top Internet and television companies including Comcast/NBCUniversal, Microsoft, USA Networks, and Gracenote/Tribune Media. Those developers interested in competing in INTXHACK can register here for free.
There’s a total of $18,000 up for grabs in the INTXHACK competition: $10,000 will be awarded to the grand prize winner, $5,000 for the runner-up, and $3,000 for the second runner-up. Judges will include Phil Nevels, executive director of ChicagoNEXT at World Business Chicago; Tom Schenk, chief data officer for the City of Chicago; Sree Kotay, chief software architect at Comcast; Graham McKenna, vice president of marketing at Gracenote; and Leon Chism, CEO of Thresher Technology Labs, LLC. The hackathon will last for 24 hours between May 2 and May 3; INTXHACK finalists will be showcased during INTX at McCormick Place West on Wednesday, May 6.
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