GlobalHack III Doesn’t Want St. Louis and Ferguson to Heal Artificially

October 30, 2014

3:05 pm

GlobalHack, a hackathon coming to us from St. Louis, has made the decision to sustain the momentum generated by their first two successful events. They just announced the details for their much anticipated third event, GlobalHack III.

The nonprofit organization fosters talent and innovation via coding competitions, and this time around they’re partnering with Emerson to host the hackathon. As it stands, the dates for GlobalHack III are December 5 through December 7, and given recent events, the hackathon will be hosted in Ferguson.

“As members of the St. Louis community, we don’t want St. Louis and Ferguson to heal artificially. We want St. Louis to develop substantive and constructive efforts that foster collaboration amongst people of diverse backgrounds,” says Gabe Lozano, co-founder of GlobalHack. “We are thrilled about hosting GlobalHack III in Ferguson and partnering with Ferguson-based Emerson. Bringing together a diverse group of people to build great software is a micro example of what is possible as the St. Louis community searches for opportunities to achieve forward progress.”

The event will bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to compete for a $50,000 cash prize over an intense, 48 hour time frame. The computer programming event will challenge participants to solve technology-related problems for companies aiming to expand their St. Louis footprint.

All teams will be assigned an identical project, the full details of which will only be released one hour before the start of the event. The project scope will be defined in collaboration with Emerson’s Climate Technologies’ Residential Retail Business Unit.

Participants will then be asked to design, develop, and implement a new software feature for an existing Emerson product in the connected home market. Participating teams should have a baseline understanding of mobile application development – iOS and/or Android – and big data analytics; an understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering is a plus, but not required.

“As an innovative and global company, we are excited to be sponsoring GlobalHack III in Ferguson. We first became involved with GlobalHack as a sponsor during GlobalHack II, and are anxious to see the same diversity, talent, and energy in GlobalHack III,” says Craig Johnson, President Residential Retail at Emerson Climate Technologies.

Registration is currently open, so grab your spot while you still can!


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