Developers Invited to Participate in First-Ever Public HACKTIVE Hackathon

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
Aug. 13 2013, 10:00AM EDT

ACTIVE Network, a leading provider of activity and participant management solutions, has announced that the company is inviting developers to participate in the first-ever "HACKTIVE" public hackathon. The 24-Hour hackathon will take place Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22 in San Diego, California and awards will be given to developers for creating the best applications using ACTIVE Network APIs.

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Image Credit: ACTIVE Network

ACTIVE Network APIs provide developers programmatic access to a huge repository of the most up-to-date and accurate curated activity data available. The goal of HACKTIVE is to find and create innovative new ways of using technology for people to engage in a healthier lifestyle and participate in activities that will benefit their health. The official HACKTIVE site describes current health issues and why developers should participate in the hackathon:

"Physical inactivity is estimated to be responsible for over 200,000 deaths in America each year. It's no secret that obesity and exercise are major concerns in America (just take a minute to check out the PHIT America Movement). This is your chance to help make a difference, flex your skills, and even win some prizes."

Not only will developers participating in HACKTIVE be helping to create applications that encourage people to engage in healthy activities, they will also have the opportunity to win cash prizes and network with technology executives and their peers.

The judges for the 2013 HACKTIVE hackathon include:

  • Neil Mansilla - Director of Developer Platform and Partnerships, Mashery
  • Erik Suhonen - Head of Yahoo! Developer Network, Yahoo!
  • Jesse Givens - Head of Product for CarePass, Aetna
  • Jon Belmonte - Interim CEO, ACTIVE Network

Cash prizes for the 24-hour HACKTIVE hackathon are:

  • First Place - $5,000
  • Second Place - $1,000
  • Third Place - $500
  • Internship Opportunities

If you are a developer that will be in the San Diego area September 21 - 22 and would like to participate in HACKTIVE, please visit the ACTIVE Network developer site for more information.

Registration begins on August 13 and ends on September 20.

Janet Wagner is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, data visualization, machine learning, and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro, Google+, or send her an email.

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