HACKATHON [YAN] 2012 Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia in cooperation with Microsoft RA, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, mLab Regional Mobile Application Laboratory for ECA, Sourcio CJSC and Public Journalism Club, announces a call for Hackathon [YAN] 2012 contest of programming and innovative ideas.
Within 24 hours, the teams consisted of programmers and non-programmers will develop the prototypes/demo versions of their programs, applications, mobile applications that will be assessed by the panel of experts.
22-23 December 2012
Mergelyan Institute (Yerevan Mathematical Machines Research Institute, 3 Hakobyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia)
If you can propose a burning issue in any sphere and suggest a technology-based solution to it, or you just have an innovative or interesting idea, this exciting competition will enable you not only to implement your idea, develop a mobile app that will be downloaded worldwide, but also to get valuable awards, funding and networking opportunities, and just enjoy an exciting environment.
Unlike Hackathon[YAN] 2011 contest held last year when the topic was limited to proposition of solutions related to Yerevan, this year Hackathon [YAN] is open to any sphere without any limitations. Have you developed an application/game for Windows 8 or mobile phones, do you have any innovative solution to address any concerning issue on any platform? If your answer is “Yes”, then participate in Hackathon[YAN] 2012 and implement your projects!
The application forms should be downloaded from www.mic.am and submitted online by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail.
Submission deadline: 14 December 2012
Organizers: Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia, Microsoft RA, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, mLab ECA Regional laboratory for mobile solutions and Public Journalism Club.
Partners: Sourcio, Counterpart International Inc. Armenia, Yerevan Mathematical Machines Research Institute, Knight-Mozila OpenNews, GNC Alfa, www.panarmenian.net, www.ittrend.am.
Hackathon[Yan] 2012 is organized by Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia, Microsoft RA, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, mLab ECA Regional laboratory for mobile solutions and Public Journalism Club. The event is held as part of the “Innovation Through Technology” project – a public private partnership of MIC Armenia, Microsoft RA, USAID/Armenia, Government of Armenia, Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), and State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA).
The history of Hackathon[YAN]
In 2011 Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia and Public Journalism Club organized the first Hackathon in Armenia. 32 teams and more than 150 participants took part in it. The presented programs were suggesting technological solutions to the problems of Yerevan. All the winning projects got financial awards, cooperation and funding opportunities. Two of the winning teams united and established BigBrain company which continues to work on new solutions on the basis of Kinect technology.www.citybugs.am website was launched and is now operating in cooperation with the Yerevan city hall, Information Flight mobile application project was transformed to MyNews Mobile and was implemented and launched before parliamentary elections. www.4car.am is including several ideas from Hackathon and was launched by the traffic police of RA in cooperation with Nikita mobile company.
What is Hackathon?
Hachathon is a Silicon Valley-generated extensive contest aimed at solving existing problems through collaborative computer programming and new technologies.
What do we expect?
The result of this Hackhathon is most likely to be the creation of a number of prototypes for ready-made projects, mobile applications that can be implemented not only in Armenia but also in international market.
How are we getting prepared?
Before the Hackathon[YAN] the organizers will arrange a number of sessions with the applicants to ensure participants are well aware of the contest process and terms, get familiar with the success stories of Hackathon[YAN] 2011, to assist them in designing and developing their projects and also help them establish connections with appropriate institutions and experts. We’ll also conduct several briefings and master classes.