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HackPSU To Host Tenth Annual Hackathon

HackPSU will host its tenth hackathon event in five years on November 4, when programmers with ranging experience in coding will gather in the Westgate Building for 24 consecutive hours of coding.

The objective of the event is to build the most impressive hardware or software project in the allotted 24 hours. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on November 4, but the actual hacking will start at 1 p.m. The hackathon will come to a close at 4:30 p.m. the following day.

The hackathon is free for any student interested in participating, regardless of prior level of coding experience. It’s designed to help those just starting to learn how to code gain valuable skills and learn more about the field and it helps experienced programmers strengthen what they already know. More than 190 students within 48 different majors are expected to participate in the event.

Students who graduated as part of the Class of 2017 are welcome to come back to campus and participate in the festivities, and HackPSU will pay for any travel costs of those who are not currently on campus.

HackPSU treats its participants well during this 24 hour event; meals, snacks, and drinks are all provided.

“Penn State’s hackathon is a fantastic networking opportunity,” HackPSU Director Smith Sopp said in a release, “and it will feature dozens of corporate sponsors like Google, IPsoft, IBM, and Capital One who are there to hand out prizes, host educational workshops, and judge competitions. One highlight this year will be GM showcasing three 2018 Corvettes which students will compete to improve upon with hacks.”

If you’re interested, you can read the rules and sign up for the hackathon on HackPSU’s website.

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