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It's a 2-hackathon weekend; UHack, I Hacked Miami

Headed to the Miami area this weekend: Two hackathons, where teams of programmers and entrepreneurs work together to come up with apps or other technology solutions over the weekend.

A hackathon for the civic good, I <Hacked> Miami CodeAcross 2015, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami Ad School, 571 NW 28th St. in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. To sign up: http://codeformiami.org/code-across-2015

Launched by Code for America, CodeAcross is a national event set to inspire residents to become actively involved in their community. Coinciding with International Open Data Day, Miami-Dade County will be opening its Open311 data to developers for the first time, providing new opportunities to create citizen-focused applications in a creative, collaborative environment. Developers, writers and designers can help with various projects already listed on the website, including Miami Answers, a platform for finding answers to citizens’ most frequently asked questions.

Code for America’s Miami fellowship program will officially launch at the event. “This is one more sign of Miami-Dade County’s emergence as a hub for technology and innovation,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “As part of our continued efforts at implementing open data policies, the Code for America Fellows will work with us to provide greater transparency in government, using technology to make us more efficient and bring us closer to our residents.”

On Saturday and Sunday, college and high school students across South Florida are invited to compete in UHack at the University of Miami Student Activities Center in Coral Gables. To register: http://coe.miami.edu/uhack2015/

For the third year, UM is hosting this 24-hour technology competition and expecting about 150 participants. Participants will be tasked to create apps along the theme of “Hack for a Better U”, a broad topic that allows hackers freedom of expression when creating their app. Attendees can utilize any platform, framework, language, or hardware device. UHack is part of Major League Hacking, which helps put on over 100 student hackathons across North America and the Europe annually. More than $3,000 in prizes are up for grabs.

Nancy Dahlberg and Maggie Diaz-Vera

Posted Feb. 20, 2015