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Labs to participate in AngelHack Silicon Valley



By Curt Hopkins, Managing Editor, Hewlett Packard Labs

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is taking part in the sold-out AngelHack Global Hackathon Series in Silicon Valley the weekend of July 29 and 30.

Labs chief architect, Kirk Bresniker, is giving a keynote on our motivation and vision for the future of computing with Memory-Driven Computing, He will also lead a breakout session on what it means to program in a  Memory-Driven Computing environment and sit on the judges’ panel at the event, which takes place at Draper University in San Mateo, California.

Sharad Singhal, director of software for The Machine project will be there to answer questions and invite you to start programming for Memory-Driven Computing. Alan Souza of HPE’s Grommet, an advanced open source UX framework available for enterprise applications, will also be there offering APIs developers can use during their challenges.

AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company has attracted an inclusive global community of over 125,000 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who, as the organizers put it, “are committed to bettering the world, their city, themselves, or just simply competing for fun prizes.”

With an anticipated 500 hackers taking part, the San Mateo hackathon is one of the group’s biggest events.

“What I love about this hackathon is the participants have to come in with essentially nothing,” said Bresniker. “There’s a design review at the end and they have to show they started with empty files and are capable of a demo. It’s a good test of the kind of network you’ve built up around you. No hand waving, no PowerPoint, just demonstrate you went from nothing to something.”

Prizes come from a host of companies ranging from AWS to Alexa, from Ubidots to the National Environmental Health Association, each of whom has issued a challenge to guide the participants’ efforts.

Some challenges are technical, such as Particle’s “Create a web-based IoT project using a photon kit.” Most are simply product based, like Satori’s straight to the point, “Best use of Satori.” But a couple are more civic-minded, such as GovTech’s challenge to “Fight violent extremism in order to foster peace and coexistence through technology” and NEHA’s to “create an app that solves an environmental health issue.”

The grand prize is an invitation to AngelHack’s HACKcelerator, a 12-week curriculum designed “to turn your hackathon idea into a startup reality” and culminating in a chance to fly to Silicon Valley for AngelHack’s Annual Global Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive pitch training.

The San Mateo hackathon is sold out, but you can join the waitlist here.

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