Dice, the leading career website for tech professionals, will soon host its first mobile hackathon: Mobile Hack. Mobile Hack will take place March 15th and 16th at the Des Moines Area Community College’s Future Farmers of America Enrichment Center. Dice is based out of New York, but has a significant Iowa presence, and felt compelled to host the event in Des Moines. Jonathan Blank, Dice Director of Public Relations, commented:
"Our company has deep roots in Iowa, we wanted to hold the Hackathon here, in a central location with businesses and schools nearby."
Mobile Hack hopes to attract mobile developers regardless of platform. Straight from the hackathon's site, the only requirements include being 18 years old and awesome. Cash prizes are available for best overall, runner up, best use of Dice API, best design, and best student submission. Blank continued with the purpose and goal of the event:
"We have a long tradition of inspiring tech pros to achieve big things in a short amount of time."
A panel of five judges will review the submissions. Dice chose the judges based on involvement with entrepreneurs and dedication to innovation. Accordingly, the judges come from Dice, Zetetic, BitMethod, Dwolla, and Lean Techniques. Judge and Dice Vice President of Engineering, Manish Dixit, commented:
"We’re entirely focused on this first Hackathon....We believe in this structure for training, networking and brainstorming new ideas, and we want tech professionals to understand how to combine any number of different skill sets together and then apply to mobile development.”