Dev/Iowa brings hackathon to downtown Iowa City

Dev/Iowa's weekend-long hackathon will be held in the former Wedge location in the Ped Mall.  -- photo by Kate Conlow
The weekend-long hackathon will be at the former Wedge location in the Ped Mall. — photo by Kate Conlow

A tech training program based in Iowa City, Dev/Iowa, is hosting their first ever Dev/Iowa Hackathon at 136 S. Dubuque St. — the former Wedge location in the Ped Mall — this weekend, from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29. The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in technology, regardless of skill level.

Hackathons are typically short, and last anywhere from one day to a weekend. It’s a time when people who are interested in technology can get their hands dirty and work with others to learn new skills.

This weekend’s Hackathon invites patrons to bring their own projects to work on. There will be experts in mobile, web and hardware to assist guests. Program coordinator at Dev/Iowa, Zach Sanderson says there will also be limited hardware available, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

“I think it helps to know there are other people out there who share your interests,” Sanderson said. “You might learn that something that you know is unique, and vice versa, you can find someone who knows something that you’ve been wanting to learn.”

The program kicks off on Friday night with a reception at 7 p.m. Guests can pitch their ideas to others and find opportunities to collaborate. Saturday will consist of all-day work time for personal projects, with opportunities for demonstration on Sunday.

Sanderson suggests that developers choose relatively small projects that can be completed in a weekend, like creating a drum kit with Arduino. There will also be a list of doable projects available where developers can find inspiration. Meals will be provided and registration is free and available online. Sponsors of the event include BlendCard, MetaCommunications, TelePharm, High Ground Café, UI College of Education Teacher Leader Center and The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab.

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