2,000 student hackers expected at Santa Monica hackathon this weekend

Two thousand top student programmers have registered to participate in a hackathon at Santa Monica Place this weekend.

The event kicks off Friday at 9 p.m. and runs through Sunday. It's hosted by HackTech, a partnership between Caltech's and UCLA's networks of hackers and entrepreneurs, which is calling it the biggest student-run hackathon ever.

Party buses are transporting hackers from all over California; East Coast and Midwest engineers will also participate. Attendees are expected from Caltech, UCLA, USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and more than 50 other schools.

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Students will be working for 36 hours to produce websites, apps or hardware using any open-source libraries and API. All code must be written during the hackathon.

The event will be judged by founders of StartEngine, Tinder and Launchpad LA. Sponsors include AT&T, Microsoft, RapGenius, EBay and

Closing ceremonies and award demos will take place at noon Sunday.


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