[Stamford Advocate] Stamford 3-D Map on Tap for ‘Hackathon’

By Alexander Soule

The Stamford Innovation Center is hosting the first large-scale “hackathon” in Stamford, scheduled for Sept. 18-20, with the expectation of drawing some 150 techies and programmers who will compete to produce a 3D map of the city that will be made available for use in mobile apps.

The “code the future city” contest is being organized by the Shippan Institute, a Stamford training and consultancy firm run by Hugh Seaton that is basing the hackathon on similar events in New York City and elsewhere. The Shippan Institute has been running classes this year at the Stamford Innovation Center on a range of entrepreneurship, management and innovation topics.

The three-day hackathon costs $50 for those who register by Sept. 4 and $60 thereafter up to the start of the event, with registration details online at Seaton said the event will include free, public access to “makerspaces” on the second floor of the Stamford Innovation Center at 175 Atlantic St. for people to participate in the construction of inventions.

The event will offer separate tracks for participants, including virtual reality and augmented reality; connectivity to an “Internet of things” allowing people to control things remotely from smartphones or computers; and “big data civic hacks” that mine and analyze information that is publicly available online.

In addition to the contest, the hackathon will include a panel discussion of cybersecurity that is scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.

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