Koding Launches Global Virtual Hackathon

November 10, 2015

10:00 am

This week Koding announced their global virtual hackathon is returning on December 12. Last year more than 60,000 developers from more than 900 cities wrote over 1 million lines of code, and they’ve upped the anti. This year, Koding expects more than 100,000 participants to join from around the globe and setting a new Guinness World Record.

“Last year we set a new record for the largest virtual hackathon. Koding’s cloud-based software development platform enables this type of collaboration at scale,” said Devrim Yasar, CEO and co-founder of Koding. “We plan to double last year’s participant count in 2015. In parallel, we’re excited to introduce our upcoming product, Koding for Teams, to the hackathon participants. This new product builds on our current platform and allows teams to create and manage their own unique development environments with ease and to do it all in the cloud.”

This year there are three areas of focus for the hackathon: data visualizations, enterprise productivity, and educational gaming. Regardless of the theme, teams are required to use publicly available resources such as APIs, data sets, and graphics. Past that, the organizers and judges expect the hackers and students to use the latest coding languages and formats.

Judges will focus on technical difficulty, originality of the idea, and the team’s ability to articulate and present the concept. Because the hackathon is both virtual and global, there is also a focus on diversity, which will affect a team’s overall score. Hackathon teams can consist of up to five developers (and students) from anywhere on the planet. Once accepted, a team can brainstorm their project, but all related components of it need to be required during the hackathon period.

Registration officially opened on November 9 and will close on December 9. The hackathon will take place on December 12 and 13. There will be three winning teams, with first place taking home $100,000. They also suggest for solo developers looking to join a team to use their hackathon channel.

Photo via wikimedia.

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world. He also runs a non-profit, Digital District, which focuses on improving professional digital literacy in DC. You can contact him by email at elliot(@)elliotvolkman.com or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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