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‘Hackathon’ event rescheduled for Oct. 15-16

More than 800 hackers from the island are expected to participate in HackPR 2016.

More than 800 hackers from the island are expected to participate in HackPR 2016.

HackPR, a nonprofit comprised of students and young professionals promoting the development of technical skills through unconventional teaching methods, announced Thursday the new dates for the event that was postponed due to last week’s power blackout.

The 6th annual “Hackathon” will now take place Oct. 15-16 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey, where participants will come together to solve problems for business or social purposes, or for their own technical development. The last edition of this event brought together more than 500 software and hardware developers, organizers said.

“It was necessary to postpone the event but everything is back to normal and we’re ready. Hundreds of hackers from Puerto Rico, designers and techies have already registered and are eager to put their knowledge into practice,” said David Bartolomei, director of HackPR.

“Many are in search of members for their teams, as they have said through social networks. The collaborative spirit is the norm in this ‘Hackathon’,” he said.

More than 800 hackers from the island are expected to participate in HackPR 2016, which for the first time will open a category for professionals from different branches. Also for the first time, there will be opportunities for visitors who want to know about the different areas available for creativity and innovation.

The purpose of a Hackathon is to bring together experts in technology people in a marathon programming that seeks to provide technological solutions to social, educational, commercial or economic problems.

There is no minimum age or experience required to participate. For more information about tickets visit HackPR’s website.

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