July 30, 2012
Hackathon Event To Take Place On Remote Tropical Island – Hackers Wanted
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Are you a computer hacker looking to ply your skills on an unnamed tropical island paradise? If so, the organizers of the "Come Hack With Us" hackathon are looking for you!
According to the event's official website, participants will be treated to two months of "pure hacking" at a "remote tropical island" while living alongside "12 geniuses" in a "luxurious villa." They promise to "take care of the roof over your head, the food you'll eat (we'll have a cook), [and] a clean environment (cleaning staff)“¦ you just show up with a great idea and motivation, we'll make sure we give you everything you need to make it successful."
Anyone who is interested in participating is being asked to submit a detailed proposal explaining what project they plan to work on during the eight week event, BBC News Technology Correspondent Mark Ward wrote on Sunday.
They will also have to undergo a psychological evaluation in order to prove that they can get along with their fellow coders for such a long period of time -- not to mention find their own transportation to the host island and pay a small participation fee, the ANI news agency added.
"I lived with a few people in Alaska working on a project and that was an amazing experience. Why can we not recreate that experience in a tropical and remote location so we can really focus on our projects?" Walter Heck, organizer of the event, told Ward.
When asked about the cost associated with the hackathon, Heck said that it was "largely symbolic" and designed "to keep away the people that are planning to party all the time or are not serious about their project," when he warns would be "really detrimental to the atmosphere." He also told reporters that he is currently looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of providing food for the participants over the two month period.
"The projects that people will work on would be matched to the skills of those attending to ensure good progress was made on all of them," Ward said, adding that Heck told him that "reaction to the idea had been swift and positive" and that "more than 4,000 people had showed an interest within hours" of online advertisements for the event going live.
Ward also reported that Heck said that he had "no doubt that the isolation of the hackathon would boost the creativity of anyone taking part."