*This event is open to the public and press only during the Hackathon Judging and Award Ceremony on Sunday, October 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Morgan Library.*
WHAT HAPPENS AT A HACKATHON?:
- Day 1: Participants arrive and choose teams of 3-5, then they begin brainstorming their immersive experience. Some teams will choose to work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.
- Day 2: Teams will be offered feedback and mentorship from virtual reality experts, artists, and programmers.
- Day 3: Continued execution leading into final demos to an esteemed panel of virtual and augmented reality experts, leaders, and innovators. Winning teams will receive fame and fortune in the form of cash prizes and a community showcase of final VR products.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What does the weekend look like? You and your team will create a virtual or augmented reality experience over the course of a weekend. We will supply virtual and augmented reality software and hardware, invite participants with a wide range of backgrounds, and cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee. Your goal is to develop your best idea for a virtual or augmented reality experience during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a virtual reality prototype by Sunday evening.
If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend? The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines, and world-class researchers all with the common goal of learning the capabilities of virtual and augmented technology and create a immersive experience. Walk away from the Hackathon with excellent experience, new friends, and connections to exciting industries!
I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? Yes! We are looking to bring together teams with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of interests and skills. If you are excited about emerging virtual and augmented tech and look forward to working hard alongside your peers to build a creative prototype experience, your participation will be valuable.
Can I apply even though I am not a student? Yes. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) non-student participants. Participants must be 18 and up.
What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas promoting scholarship, research, artistry, and community connection are strongly encouraged. We are not looking for ideas for video games. Your project could answer the question: “How can immersive technology transform how we learn and connect with our community at CSU?”
What about food? Sleep? The Hackathon will cater all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks for participants. Sleep is optional. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can go home to rest.
Judging will be based on the following criteria: design, methodology, execution, creativity. Judges will circulate among all Hackathon teams on Sun., Oct. 22 from 4-6 pm. Awards will be distributed at 6:30 p.m. The award ceremony is open to the public. Invite your friends!