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Veteran’s Day hackathon aims to help vets get jobs in tech

Veterans day is coming and what better way to celebrate — by doing a hack-a-thon, of course!  Ok, perhaps this is not your normal parade-and-BBQ kind of thing, but VetsinTech is having a hack-a-thon on the weekend of Veteran’s Day, November 9-11, to get returning vets immersed in the tech community.

There will be two classes on Friday, November 9th. One is an introduction to JavaScript and the other an introduction to iOS programming. So not knowing how to code is no excuse for skipping the hackathon: Take one of these classes, and come to the hackathon the next day!

The VetsinTech origination is focused on connecting newly returning veterans with training, job opportunities, and startup opportunities.

Below is some information from the VetsinTech website.

What: Vets in Tech Startup Veterans Hackathon/Weekend – Co-chair Craig Newmark of craigslist and board member IAVA – Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran’s of America
When: Friday, November 9th to Sunday, November 11th.
Where: Adobe Systems , SF – 601 Townsend Street
Registration Link: click here

100 copies of The Lean Startup book are being donated by Eric Ries to the first 100 veterans who register for this event!

In this two-day event the tech community in SF will come together to support our returning Iraq/Afghan veterans.  Teams of approximately 5-10 people will be formed with a variety of skills -the vets can have the idea, help with business plan, marketing or just sit in to audit/participate for educational purposes – coding skills are NOT required.  Our tech community is encouraged to come (and to code) and recognize the unique perspective our returning veterans will have to offer.

What is it:

The Vets in Tech Startup Veteran weekend is a two-day business and app development competition. The event’s goal is to invite returning veterans to be part of a team focused on building successful startups around the next generation social, mobile, gaming, ecommerce, health or other applications and to foster a community of (veteran) entrepreneurship.  Our veterans can add a unique perspective to many of these types of applications.

Registered idea generators are given 1 minute to pitch an app concept to a tech audience on day one. Attending veterans, engineers, designers, marketing and business people as well as our team of glorious mentors preselect the best ideas that will be developed into applications during the weekend. Teams are formed around the most promising projects and the competition begins.

What to expect:

  • Expect to find the complimentary skills that help you to connect in the tech community. Be open, share your ideas and don’t hold back – “Ideas without actions are usually called dreams”
  • Expect to meet super talented and inspiring people, to work under time pressure, to sleep little, and to dedicate the whole weekend!
  • Expect to gain valuable feedback and insight not only from your teammates but also from other participants and the all-star panel of Judges.
  • Expect, apart from seeing your project turning into a shiny demo, to win prizes that will help you get that sexy app out the door.

Tentative Agenda:

Friday November 9th

  • 6:00 Basic Training – Introduction to iOS Programming
  • 9:00 Networking

Saturday November 10th

  • 9am – 10am Breakfast, Networking, Team Building
  • 10am-10:45am – Keynote speakers
  • 10:45am – Break
  • 11am – 12:30pm 1 minute pitches – voting and team formation
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – Teams start work!!
  • 5:00pm – Dinner Break and Keynote

Sunday November 11th

  • Teams work until 5pm when presentations begin!
  • Break for judges to vote and then return to award prizes

Register Now!


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