KUALA LUMPUR — While many would take to the streets carrying flowers and placards to promote love and peace, a group of talented designers and software developers plan to take a hack at love in a less traditional way – by turning their backs on chocolates and flowers, and turning to their computers at Hackweekend 3: Make Apps, Not War.
Hackweekend is a 24-hour challenge where the best of Malaysia’s technology community gather to build cool applications overnight based on a particular theme. The theme for the upcoming Hackweekend is Make Apps Not War, where participants are encouraged to build applications and software that revolve around the theme of love. Whether it’s an app to assist peace talks between nations, or an app to help match you with single people who have similar interests as you, as long as it can fit within the theme somehow, participants are encouraged to build it.
“We want to set the bar high, we want to raise the limit, challenge the status quo,” says Hakim Albasrawy, Director at Tandemic, one of the event organisers.
Previous Hackweekends have seen numerous successes and attracted attention from outside the technology industry. The first Hackweekend, themed around Gamification, saw the creation of 13 projects. One project, WorkPad, received a RM1 million investment.
Hackweekend 2 themed around productivity and getting things done saw 16 projects and student participation from Monash University, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI/APIIT) as well as attendance by Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications during the Hackweekend Demo session. One of the applications built during this Hackweekend was TaxiMonger, an application that monitors and reviews taxis for better taxi service. The project received numerous recognition and won awards from sponsors AirAsia and Alt.Space.
The app is currently being finalised and will soon be available for download.
Hackweekend is a collaborative initiative by a group of passionate individuals from the local technology community. Hackweekend has been supported by several organisations from the technology sector including Microsoft, Techmaki, YES4G and the National Science Centre, all in the spirit of promoting software development.
The upcoming Hackweekend 3: Make Apps, Not War will be held at the National Science Centre, Mont Kiara, from March 31st to April 1st, 2012. Interested individuals may apply to participate at http://hack.weekend.my/apply/?com=entrepreneurs.my and further inquiries can be directed to Darshini at email@example.com or 016-2207411.
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