It is described on their website as a subgroup of a student club that is laser-focused on technology. Hack-USU is hosting the 3rd annual Hack-a-thon next Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th, at the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University campus. Haley Manning from the group was on KVNU’s For the People program earlier this week.
“One way I like to describe it (is) we have basically a code party with a career fair. We have about 300 students who will be coming to Utah State to work on a project and to compete, and to get free food, as well as mingle with professionals in their career. It’s a great networking opportunity other than just working on a project for 36 hours straight,” according to Manning.
The Hack-athon goes from 9 a.m. on that Friday to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Their website describes the event as one that does not involve breaking into someone else’s data, but hacking in the sense of creating, innovating, and building something awesome with software or hardware, or creatively solving a problem.
“One of the big categories we have this year, as well, is helping homelessness here in Utah, as we know that’s been a bit of a problem lately. One thing that we have encouraged too is social work professionals to come in and help these students understand fully the problem that we’re trying to solve.”
The public is invited to observe what’s going on – they can even ask students what they’re working on. For those who would like to register themselves or a team of four, online sign-up is at <a href=”http://HackUSUevents.org” target=”_blank”>HackUSUevents.org</a> or see HACK USU on Facebook.