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AKRON, Ohio – What would a college student do if they couldn’t request a ride from an Uber, or Google a difficult homework question? These technologies that make everyday life a little easier were once developed by an entrepreneur with a golden idea. At the University of Akron’s hackathon, a UA student could be the next Steve Jobs.
UA’s 24-hour hackathon, coined HAkron, is an entrepreneurial challenge for current or recently graduated students who form teams to make their ideas a reality. Known as ‘hacking,’ this can involve developing a mobile app, software, hardware or solution to virtually any issue.
Students need only bring themselves and an idea to participate – software, hardware and expertise will be supplied.
“The hackathon is a great opportunity for students to get their ideas recognized and give a chance for them to actually build a physical product,” said Elissa Peters, UA student and marketing director of HAkron. “Any student, regardless of major, is welcome to attend the event and we’ll help them build or develop their idea.”
The team behind HAkron is comprised of 10 UA students with electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science backgrounds. The student organizers and other mentors will be available to help participants with their projects from start to finish.
Along with hacking, there will be presentations and interactive workshops throughout the event. In addition, there will be a designated rest area where participants can catch a quick nap if needed.
HAkron will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and end at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the Bit Factory in downtown Akron. At the conclusion of the event on Sunday, there will be a showcase open to all community members where participants may present their project before a panel of judges and the best overall project will be awarded $1,000. In addition, all registered participants will be entered into a raffle for an iPad Pro.
Registration is open to current or recently graduated (within one year) students with any major from any Northeast Ohio higher education institution. Registration is available at at https://hakron.io.