WHAT: More than 50 NJIT students will compete at NJIT in a student Hackathon. See dozens of empty pizza boxes and soda cartons strewn throughout the Campus Center Ballroom as teams feverishly compete to build next-generation applications using SciVerse, a new search and discovery platform. SciVerse, a product of science and technology publisher Elsevier (http://developer.sciverse.com), leads the trend in science, technology and medical publishing by using open standards for tomorrow's apps-based web. Access to the program was donated by Elsevier.
WHEN: Noon on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 through 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.
ATTENTION EDITORS: Winners will be announced at the close of the competition Sunday.
WHERE: NJIT Campus Center Ballroom (second floor)
BACKGROUND: Hackathons, long a staple of information technology subcultures, have gone mainstream in recent years as they have evolved from network security events to collaborative (and competitive) events where developers build working applications from common data sources over a short time period. Elsevier sponsored a similar hackathon last year in the United Kingdom as part of “Science Hack” day. This is the nation’s first hackathon sponsored by Elsevier and at a university. Sponsors include the NJIT Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and NJIT College of Computing Sciences (CCS).
WHY: “The Elsevier hackathon is the kind of challenging practical real-world collaborative programming experience we like to provide to students to augment the concepts that we teach in the classroom,” said CCS Dean Narain Gehani.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Robertson, director NJIT Web Services and event organizer, cell phone 973-487-7025; firstname.lastname@example.org.