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YMCA to host Game+Hack 2014

The Burbank YMCA, in collaboration with the city and Nickelodeon, is hosting a three-day hackathon — called Game+Hack 2014 — this weekend for computer programmers with ideas for mobile applications.

From May 2 to 4, participants will be teamed up with mentors from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, DreamWorks, Sony and Warner Bros. to build creative mobile applications in four categories — youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and open creativity, according to Burbank YMCA officials.

Tom Soderstrom, chief technology officer for JPL, will deliver the keynote speech.

The grand-prize winner will receive a mentoring day with an industry executive, as well as assistance in taking their application to the next level.

All participants must be 18 years old or older, sign waivers and show valid identification. The event costs $35 for students and $55 for designers, developers and the general public. The event will take place at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, located at 231 W. Olive Ave.

All proceeds will benefit the Burbank YMCA.

For more information or to register, visit


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