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Aug. 25, 2014 7:15 am

Homeland Security, Intel to bring hardware hackathon to Red Hook

The Oct. 10-11 hackathon is focused on resiliency, in a neighborhood that was slammed by Superstorm Sandy.
Pioneer Works, shown here during a hackathon in April 2014, will host The Feast Hardware Hackathon in October.

Pioneer Works, shown here during a hackathon in April 2014, will host The Feast Hardware Hackathon in October.

(Photo by Brady Dale)

Update, 9/3/14, 4:01 p.m.: An earlier version of this post reported FEMA's involvement in the hackathon. According to a Feast official, FEMA is no longer an event partner. The headline and copy have been updated.

Red Hook was a neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. In that spirit, The Feast has organized a hardware hackathon there, oriented toward disaster recovery.

The hackathon coincides with the invite-only Feast Conference 2014, also in Red Hook. It’s all going down at Pioneer Works, Oct. 10-11.

This hackathon sounds a little different. Organizers are looking for existing projects for teams to refine.

From the announcement:

Technologists and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the Red Hook community and get their hardware into the hands of local stakeholders, gathering insight and feedback in order to refine their prototypes into tools that address pressing needs.

Apply here. If your team is accepted into the hackathon, you’ll also get a free ticket to the full conference, which costs $1,500. Applications are open till Sept. 30.

We’ve covered a few Sandy-inspired technologies so far, including PowerClip, goTenna and a software-oriented hackathon in the same spot, also seeking to boost emergency preparedness.

The Feast’s hackathon will be supported by Intel and the Department of Homeland Security.

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