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Apr. 9, 2014 10:15 am

Bitcamp 2014: UMD’s first Major League Hacking event draws 750 students

The event was one in a series of hackathons held around the U.S. at various universities that participate in Major League Hacking, a program that allows college-age student-hackers to compete for points.

A student working on an Oculus Rift hack at Bitcamp. Photo via Twitter.

Update 4/9/14 11:40 a.m.: More than 100 hacking projects came out of the weekend, not 11 as we originally reported. We've made the correction below.

More than 750 students from universities across the U.S. descended upon the University of Maryland, College Park, for last weekend’s Bitcamp hackathon.

According to The Diamondback:

Students from universities across the country came to the campus Friday to spend 36 hours building applications, gadgets and modifications. … Rows of tables cluttered with tangled power cords, empty coffee cups and used paper plates lined the former basketball arena’s floor. The low drone of conversation from the nearly 750 hackers in attendance meshed with music playing quietly in the background. Hundreds of pairs of eyes squinted at computer screens.

More than 100 hacking projects were submitted and exhibited at the hackathon. (InTheCapital highlighted eleven of the projects.)

The event was one in a series of hackathons held around the U.S. at various universities that participate in Major League Hacking, a program that allows college-age student-hackers to compete for points. It’s a competition that the University of Maryland, College Park, won in fall 2013.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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