[Cs-contests] Join us for the 24HoursOfGood Hackathon at Google NYC!

Sullivan, Theresa I tsull at bu.edu
Thu Jan 30 14:29:12 EST 2014

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<http://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<https://www.staysecureonline.com/staying-safe-online/quiz/> 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<http://www.google.com/ideas/about/>, 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<https://docs.google.com/a/google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGl1RE9aWG5JakhHZTBicXlUSlNiU2c6MA#gid=0> 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<http://www.24hoursofgood.com/>

Alyssa Fabrizio | Tech Student Engagement Specialist | afabrizio at google.com<mailto:afabrizio at google.com> | 617-653-5251
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