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L.A. Olympic bid group seeks input from young computer programmers

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UCLA scientists used taxpayer-funded grants to discover Xtandi, a drug that Medivation sells for about $129,000 a year.
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For the last few years, an event called LA Hacks has attracted thousands of college students who -- over the course of 35 largely sleepless hours -- collaborate on new computer hardware and software to solve various technical and social problems.

When the hackathon returns to UCLA this weekend, the Olympic movement will have a place at the table.

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LA 2024 has signed on as a sponsor and will present two of the many challenges. Students will be asked to create apps that promote fitness and enhance the fan experience at live sporting events.

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“You get the juices flowing,” said Jeff Millman, an LA 2024 spokesman. “If we get the Games, maybe they could develop something for the [organizing committee].”

The private bid group, which hopes to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Los Angeles, is offering court-side seats to Clippers and UCLA men’s basketball games as prizes.

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LA Hacks begins with registration at Pauley Pavilion at 6 p.m. Friday. The hacking starts at 11 p.m. and will continue to 10 a.m. Sunday.

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