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