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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Local Nerds to Hold Lock-In This Weekend for Hackathon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

They have plans this weekend!
  • They have plans this weekend!

Don't let that headline turn you off -- this event is actually pretty cool.

On Saturday, is holding its second annual hackathon, where more than 200 geeks from all over the Bay Area will spend 24 hours creating new apps for social good. The engineers and designers will head over to the headquarters in Potrero Hill on Saturday morning, with sleeping bags and ideas for a stellar new app in tow.

They will spend the entire 24 hours designing and engineering an app that will then be judged the following morning. The winner will receive cash to continue building the new app. And if that doesn't get you excited -- Mayor Ed Lee, probably the least tech-savvy elected official --  will be there too!

"There's an incredible amount of talent among engineers and designers in Silicon Valley, but it isn't being harnessed for good," said Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of "We want to give folks the chance to see the incredible impact they can have if they devote their energy to changing the world - even for just a day." held its first Hack for Change last year, crowning designers who created an app called Good Neighbor. The app lets users receive text messages when their neighbors need help with quick tasks or errands.

If you are a tech geek with a good idea, a Star Trek sleeping bag, and no big plans this weekend, go register for the hackathon now.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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