March 24, 2017
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DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco's SoMa district.
Today Mashery, an Intel Company announced their acquisition of Hacker League, the world's largest platform for hackathon organizers. Created in late 2011, over the last two years Hacker League has helped run over 450 hackathons worldwide. The move will allow Hacker League to reach an ever wider audience. Mashery at the same time gets the opportunity to invest in a hackathon management tool that meets the growing demand of their Enterprise customer base.
SXSW Interactive is probably best known now for its size. The event is spread through about half a dozen venues around downtown and greater Austin, Texas. And the parties that happen late into the night can be many Texas-sized blocks apart. It was a perfect place to track the activity--and inactivity--of a bunch of techies. Storing real-world data and making it accessible in the cloud is a growing trend, with a number of devices and APIs to facilitate it. Much of the focus so far has been on health, as it was at SXSW.