The word “hacking” has gotten a bad name. It’s associated with evil programmers who break into computers, steal personal data and engage in generally criminal behavior. But there’s another world of hackers, who are productive members of the programmer community. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had this to say about hackers:
The word ‘hacker’ has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers. In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done.
Hacking in the best sense is being brought to WorkPlace Sonora on Saturday, June 24th, with the Sonora Mini-Hack 2017, presented by Valley Hackathon. This full-day event is a 10 hour programming competition where teams of two programmers build (hack) software projects from scratch and then show them off at the end of the competition. The best projects will win over $450 in cash and prizes. Competitors will come from around Tuolumne County and as far away as Modesto, Merced, and Stockton, to display their amazing programming skills. Visitors are welcome to come at 6:30 pm to see the teams finishing their projects and then for the presentations and awards. The event ends at 8 pm.
Registration is free and all ages are welcome. Details are available on the Valley Hackathon website. If you or someone you know would like to compete, sign up today. Or come by WorkPlace Sonora at the end of the competition (6:30 pm) to see what our local hackers have produced over the course of the day.
Photo CC BY 2.0 by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Hackathon, 2013.