$18,000 Up for Grabs at This Weekend’s Chicago INTXHACK

April 29, 2015

9:00 pm

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.

Register for INTXHACK.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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