[builds-list] Fwd: Google Hack-a-thon!

Christopher Woodall chris.j.woodall at gmail.com
Sun Feb 2 08:50:35 EST 2014

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From: "John-Nicholas Furst" <j-n at john-nicholas.net>
Date: Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
Subject: Fwd: Google Hack-a-thon!
To: "Christopher Woodall" <chris.j.woodall at gmail.com>

I assume you got one of these or have heard about it. But invade not see

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*From:* kjfay at bu.edu
*Date:* January 31, 2014 at 12:47:36 PM PST
*To:* jnfurst at bu.edu
*Subject:* *Google Hack-a-thon!*

Join us for the 24HoursOfGood Hackathon at Google NYC!

Google NYC has a challenge for you: can you make the web a safer place?
Staying safe online can be a tricky task--for every vulnerability, good or
bad habits will make you safer or more at risk. Yet the "best practices"
are no mystery; for example, you can see one compilation of these practices
at g.co/SecurityGuide2013. And there is a growing philosophy of teaching
these practices in fun, interactive ways that get through to people without
feeling like work--check out this interactive game for one example of that
philosophy in action.
We invite you to participate in our second annual '24HoursOfGood' Hackathon
at Google's NYC office. This year, we will be partnering with Google Ideas,
our internal 'Think/Do' tank that works on solving large global challenges.
The goal of the hackathon is to develop new, fun, straightforward games
that teach people how to stay safe and secure on the web. In 24 hours,
teams will choose a project from a menu of options, come up with a basic
game concept, and implement a simple prototype that puts the user "in the
driver's seat" and makes abstract cybersecurity principles real in a
visceral way. Outputs will be judged based on creativity, usability,
polish, and the likelihood of actually changing the habits of the player.
Here's how it will work. Student teams of 4-5 participants will join forces
to select a project--you will rank your top three projects a few days
before the event. You'll then come to Google NYC ready to roll, and after
dinner and a few API talks, get started on building the solution to your
chosen problem statement.
Google Engineers and technical staff will be on hand at the hackathon to
get you started, and to help throughout the day and night. To keep you
going and making the most progress against internet evil-doers, we will be
providing lots of food, drinks, snacks and--most importantly--caffeine.
In addition, the top three winning teams will each receive some great
prizes (Nexus 7's for first place, Chromecasts for second and third place),
as well as lots of great swag for everyone. We know you want to hack for
GOOD, so here are the details:
What: 24HoursOfGood Hackathon
Who: Computer science (and related fields) students in teams of 4-5
When: Friday, February 7th at 4pm through Saturday, February 8th at 4pm
Where: Google NYC, 111 8th Avenue (the corner of 8th Ave. and 15th St.)
Why: Hone your hacking skills, do good for the Web and the world, meet
fellow tri-state computer scientists... as well as FOOD, FUN, and PRIZES!
If you're interested in participating, please fill out this form to sign up
by Friday, January 31st. Shortly after we confirm teams, Google will
contact you to inform you of your project and give you a list of
recommended technologies to familiarize yourself with so you can hit the
ground running (coding) the day of the hackathon.
We're looking forward to seeing you in February to hack for 24HoursOfGood!
Your Google NYC 24HoursOfGood Team
Complete information at: www.24hoursofGood.com
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