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36-Hour HackPSU to Return in April

HackPSU, Penn State’s hackathon, will return for another year on April 4, 2014. Hosted by entrepreneurship accelerator Innoblue and the College of IST, HackPSU will last 36 hours this year — 12 hours more than both of last year’s hackathons. The entrepreneurship competition fittingly takes place during IST Startup Week.

Students will use all 36 hours to “collaborate on building something awesome.”

According to Innoblue President Eli Kariv, organizers decided to hold one large hackathon this year instead of two smaller ones in order to “spend the fall getting people interested in entrepreneurship and learning technical talent like coding.” Innoblue hopes that this year’s event will be larger than both of last year’s hackathons combined due to the focus on one event.

The event will again be primarily sponsored by Videon Central, a State College-based software company founded by Penn State alum Todd Erdley. Other sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks, but the event has been known to receive interest from large technology firms in the past.

Penn State students have already fared well at hackathons this year. A group of Penn State students recently took home a cash prize of $3,500 from Michigan’s MHacks, the largest student-run hackathon in the world, courtesy of the Heart Corporation. Hopefully that success is seen at HackPSU, too.

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Ted Hozza

Ted is a senior majoring in Community, the Environment, and Development, or as his friends here at Onward State like to call it, Architecture. You can probably find him at the Phyrst late at night with other Onward Staters if he's not somewhere else editing articles. You can follow him on Twitter @TedHozza or email him at [email protected].

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