TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –Hacking is not just writing malicious code. It’s also used to solve problems and create products.
Jeff Branson, who is the Educational Outreach Coordinator with Sparkfun Electronics, will be a roving mentor to help people use his company’s hardware.
Sparkfun is an open sourced hardware company in Colorado, which means design files are available for everyone.
Branson hopes this community event will generate ideas he can take back home.
“In the open source movement community is super important. People are finding bugs they’re developing applications that maybe our team of engineers might not get to”.
The hackathon, where competitors will link hardware and software to achieve proposed ideas, is also expected to bring attention to the Burgeoning Tech community.
“I hope it does bring in companies but I also hope it brings in the public who’s curious like I was you know thinking, hackathon- that can’t be a good thing. But in fact it’s a misnomer”, said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.
“Locally it shows a commitment to technology”, said Edward Bergstraesser
Edward Bergstraesser is with AT&T, which is a hackathon sponsor.
“Technology is sort of the driving factor we believe behind economic progressions and economic success”, said Bergstraesser.
The hackathon starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and will go nonstop until Sunday at 4 p.m. when the winners are announced.