HackYSU is Back, All 36 hours!

Penguin Hackers logoThis year’s hackathon begins at 10 p.m. on Feb. 5 and will run until 10 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Joe Duncko, chair of Penguin Hackers, said that they have made many changes from last year’s HackYSU.

“The biggest one that people will notice is the venue,” he said. “We’re not doing it in Meshel Hall this year; we’re going to be in the DeBartolo Stadium Club in Stambaugh Stadium . So I’m really excited. It’s a great view, really great room.”

Major League Hacking is scheduled to return this year, bringing with them Oculus Rifts, fitness trackers, and other hardware for participants to tinker with.

According to Joe, not only are staff from the CSIS department and YSU’s IEEE student chapter going to be involved in this, but representatives from Drund and the Youngstown Business Incubator are also going to be present to act as guides and mentors.

The goal for this hackathon is to bring in 100 YSU students to participate.

“It looks like we’ll have no problems hitting the non-YSU student quota—we have a bunch of groups from Waterloo, Kent, and more that have registered and are planning to drive up here. So right now we are just working on hyping YSU students,” Joe explained.

For penguins new to the hackathon, this is a free event where you can experiment with new software and hardware and work with a team of fellow students to create something fun and unique. You may even win a prize from Major League Hacking.

Students and mentors looking for more information should e-mail contact@HackYSU.com or visit HackYSU.com to register.