The primary goal of the first HPC in the City is to host a hackathon focused on issues that directly impact the Atlanta Metro Area. These issues can range from societal to scientific, using available subject area specialists.
The hackathon aims to harness the resources, skills, and knowledge found in the HPC community in an effort to provide applied exposure towards the conference host city’s local students from 2-4 year post-secondary educational institutions. In short, the hackathon will provide HPC skills and training while targeting problems that directly affect the participants. The hackathon is being planned as a virtual event.
Do I need to know how to code to participate?
No. All projects need a variety of skills, coding is just one of many skills that may be useful in your team.
Do I have to stay up the entire hackathon?
No. You and your team decide on goals and mini-goals. Outside of some defined checkpoints, your time is your own.
Is it a contest?
Sometimes, but if it is we clearly define the judging criteria. We do often enjoy a little healthy competition from small tasks to the overall judging of the final product with sponsor-provided prizes.
Will this interfere with me attending the conference or participating in a student program?
Though we cannot speak for your schedule or associated responsibilities, we do work closely with conference organizers to not conflict with other events. Commonly this is why the hackathons take place during night hours, or in the case of HPC in the City, the week prior to the conference.