Announcing DubHacks Spring 2015

DubHacks captivated top students last fall as the largest ever student-run hackathon in the Pacific Northwest. Following the success of DubHacks Fall 2014, which featured over 380 student participants and 76 innovative projects, the momentum continues with the announcement of the latest DubHacks event, DubHacks Spring 2015. On May 16th through 17th, students will gather on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. These students will form teams and compete to build original projects including mobile apps, hardware products, and online digital services to solve real-world problems. Expert judges in technology and engineering will award prizes to the best hacks.

“We’re aiming to achieve a 1:1 ratio of female/male attendees and mentors”

DubHacks Spring encourages students of all backgrounds, and especially those new to hackathons, to apply. Mentors will be available to help guide attendees on projects and ideas. “This will be the first hackathon experience for most of the attendees, so we want to create an environment that makes everybody feel comfortable and confident” says Skyler Kidd, organizer and member of the original DubHacks team. “To this end, we’re aiming to achieve a 1:1 ratio of female/male attendees and mentors at the event.” DubHacks Spring will emphasize equal opportunity and the idea that everybody deserves a chance to succeed in engineering, design, and development.

Due to overwhelming demand and interest, participants will need to apply and be accepted to attend. Students of all backgrounds — from experienced developers to those attending their first hackathon — are encouraged to apply and can do so at http://dubhacks.co/.

Mentors, meals, and prizes offered at DubHacks are powered by support from sponsors looking to get involved in the growth and development of the next generation of developers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Potential sponsors are encouraged to reach out and to review the sponsorship perks outlined at sponsor@dubhacks.co.

“If people have the confidence to try to build some crazy stuff, even while feeling like they have no clue what they’re doing, then we’re on the right track”

As the first DubHacks event put UW on the map of global hackathons, previous student attendees are thrilled to hear about a second event in the same school year. “It doesn’t matter what projects get built during DubHacks” says organizer Naomi Musgrave, a junior at the University of Washington’s computer science department. “Just coming out to play around with technology, and meeting other cool people who want to learn and build things, is enough. If people have the confidence to try to build some crazy stuff, even while feeling like they have no clue what they’re doing, then we’re on the right track.”


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