YU hosts hackathon and startup fair

YU hosts hackathon and startup fair

Yeshiva University students will host their third annual hackathon, beginning at 8:30 Saturday night, October 29, and ending at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, October 30. It’s set for the Heights Lounge on YU’s Wilf Campus, 515 West 185th St., Manhattan.

Hackathons — 24-hour technological innovation marathons — are becoming increasingly popular on college campuses around the world as a way to encourage creative thinking and partnerships. But because they typically occur on Saturdays, observant Jews can’t participate. The YU hackathon provides a unique forum for those Jews to connect, brainstorm, and work together to build anything from apps to robots to self-driving cars.

This year’s hackathon features a special focus on Israeli technology with an Israeli Tech Startup Fair. Participants will be able to meet with representatives from Israeli companies, learn about the products they create, and hear tech talks from professionals in a wide range of fields. These professionals also will be available throughout the day to mentor students and offer insight or feedback on the projects they’re working on.

The hackathon is organized by YU Hackers in collaboration with YU Tamid Group, YU Israel Club, and YU Computer Science. It is free and open to any high school and college students, 16 to 26. For information, go to www.inventyu.com.

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