Announcing DubHacks

the first and largest hackathon in the Pacific Northwest

12 SEPTEMBER 2014, SEATTLE, WA
Summary
October 17th and 18th will mark the inaugural DubHacks Hackathon, the first and largest hackathon in the Pacific Northwest. The event is being held at the Husky Union Building on the University of Washington campus and has already drawn attention from student hackers across the United States. Seattle, Washington has been chosen for its central location in the Pacific Northwest and for its well-established reputation as a high-tech city and entrepreneurial center.

Student leaders at the University of Washington have been quietly organizing the event for nearly a year and have raised sponsorship from companies including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Liberty Mutual, Intel, and Qumolo. They publicly announced the event on September 9th and have already had an overwhelming response. Due to the staggering interest participants will need to apply and be accepted to attend. All meals will be provided, and local travel will be subsidized. Students will form teams and compete to come up with and build creative, original products and services ranging from hardware projects to mobile apps and digital services. A panel of judges from the Seattle startup and tech scenes will award prizes to the best hacks.

Organizer Karan Goel, a rising junior in the CS department, is one of the original minds behind the idea. "Having been to over a dozen major student hackathons in the past year alone, I realized that none was organized in the pacific northwest," he said. "There are thousands of talented students who are just waiting for a chance to shine outside of their classrooms. There are efforts by students and some organizations, but they are not enough. So along with a few of my friends, I decided to step in." Now, less than a year since the students began discussing this idea, DubHacks is a reality.

The event will host the top college hackers in the northwest, gathered to build the next generation of innovative software and hardware products.

"There's a huge amount of student talent here– from design and development to business strategy and multimedia– there's a creative buzz on campus and we're eager to find ways to materialize that buzz into new products and student-run businesses," added Josiah Tullis, another of the organizers and the Vice President of the undergraduate entrepreneurship club Startup UW.

Students from around the world are invited to apply to attend and can do so at http://dubhacks.co/ Attendees will range from veteran developers with experience at large hackathons, to students attending their first hackathon with little to no experience. Potential sponsors are encouraged to reach out and to review the sponsorship perks outlined at http://dubhacks.co/sponsor.pdf

Four student workshops will be held in the weeks leading up to DubHacks, led by both students and experienced entrepreneurs. On October 7th there will be a workshop on Idea Generation 101, Github 101 on October 9th, Customer Development 101 on October 14th, Mean Stack 101 on October 16th. All of the workshops will be held in the brand new Startup Hall on the UW campus at 5pm.

Karan Goel and the team of student leaders are confident that DubHacks will become a pivotal event for the University of Washington maker community and for hackathon hackers worldwide. "DubHacks will set the history, by putting UW, and the entire northwest, on the global map of hackathons this Fall," said Karan.

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"There's a huge amount of student talent here– from design and development to business strategy and multimedia– there's a creative buzz on campus and we're eager to find ways to materialize that buzz into new products and student-run businesses. DubHacks will be the premiere event for student hackers, makers, and creatives– it's kind of a big deal." Josiah Tullis
"Having been to over a dozen major student hackathons in the past year alone, I realized that none was organized in the pacific northwest. There are thousands of talented students who are just waiting for a chance to shine outside of their classrooms. There are efforts by students and some organizations, but they are not enough. So along with a few of my friends, I decided to step in. UW, being the hub of technical innovation, and credited with producing some of the brightest minds seemed like the perfect place to begin a change. DubHacks will set the history, by putting UW, and the entire northwest, on the global map of hackathons this Fall." Karan Goel
"A lot of students will make DubHacks their first hackathon this October, and that's the most exciting thing about it to me. We're enabling these students with the opportunity to show off what they can do by giving them the resources they need to be successful, as well as the freedom to do literally whatever the hell they want." Stephen Ramirez
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About DubHacks Hackathon

DubHacks 2014 is the first and largest hackathon to take place in the Pacific Northwest.