Students at Stevens Institute of Technology are hosting the first-ever hackathon to create real-life “hacks” that will improve life in Hoboken. The two-day event, called Venture Hacks, will bring 30 of Steven’s brightest students together for a weekend of building, designing, and collaborating on real problems in the community. While there is focus on technology, this hackathon centers on the creative process and entrepreneurship.
Student organizers choose “Let’s Help Hoboken” as the inaugural event’s theme, as they aim to improve life for the Hoboken community through the development of practical computer programs and mobile apps.
Students will be divided into 10 teams. Each team will receive suggestions submitted by the public on various issues plaguing city residents, like finding parking, commuting, and navigating around potholes. The teams will have 36 hours to create a software program or app to address the community problem and present their final products.
The event will be held at Stevens’ new Venture Center (221 River Street, Hoboken, NJ), which seeks to redefine entrepreneurial education and support rising student entrepreneurs.
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