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Puerto Rico Hosts Largest ‘Hackathon’ in Latin America

By on October 18, 2016

hacpr2016_6_996052310SAN JUAN – Some 700 programmers and technology aficionados attended the sixth student “Hackathon” in Hato Rey.

During the computer programming event held over the weekend at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, attendees developed mobile apps for 24 consecutive hours. It became the largest event of its kind in Latin America.

Hundreds of hackers and tech experts gathered on the sixth Hackathon to develop innovative mobile apps / Inter News Service

Hundreds of hackers and tech experts gathered on the sixth Hackathon to develop innovative mobile apps (Inter News Service photo)

“Beyond competition, we have wanted to expose our participants to seminars and conferences about the most recent tendencies in the technological field. For the first time, we established a category for professionals from different branches, tech lovers, and we opened spaces for visitors who wanted to know about the different areas available for creative and innovative development,” explained Hack PR co-director David Bartolomei.

Hackathon gathers people who want to solve problems for business or social purposes for the benefit of the community or for the participant’s technological development.

“Puerto Rico has plenty of talent in technology. However, one of this event’s advantages is that participants don’t have to be tech experts. We have a great group of mentors who support them in such areas as the most used programming languages and other basic areas to make their experience unique and enrich the teams’ work,” Hack PR co-Director Humberto Mercader explained.

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The event was supported by the Science, Technology and Research Trust and the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute, which granted access to its database so participants could contribute to app development to improve the government portal’s functionality.

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