July 19th – 20th, Johnson County Community College
The 2014 Hack Midwest is a 24-hour app-building competition that brings software developers, graphic designers and Computer Science students together for a chance to win thousands of prizes.
The event, called a “hackathon”, will happen July 19th-20th at Johnson County Community College, and is a production of Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP), a tech community of 12,000 developers, IT executives & professionals.
KCITP also does events like Compute Midwest (seen in Forbes, Fast Company & Huffington Post) and Mobile Midwest. In addition to events, they focus on education with The Disruption Institute, a mobile developer boot camp.
Founded in 2012, it was the first major hackathon to be held in Kansas City, bringing together 120 developers and designers. The overall winning idea got national coverage in major tech publications, including GigaOM, while others got recognition from Mayor Sly James on social media.
In 2013 it brought together over 150 developers and designers together at Sporting KC Park. One of the most touching stories was a family who built an iPad app together and won the competition on the Father’s day weekend in which it was held.
This year, in addition to professional software engineers, Hack Midwest has been opened up to Computer Science students. The response has been tremendous: students from over 20+ universities will be in attendance, some from thousands of miles away (San Diego, Texas, New York, etc).
Top programs include MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Indiana University, Purdue, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mizzou, K-State, KU, and more.
Various Kansas City companies leapt at the chance to sponsor Hack Midwest, including local software development leader Sentient Technologies. These sponsors have provided thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, the premiere Best in Show prize being a 3D Printer from Sentient.
Michael Gelphman is the founder of Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP), a grassroots tech community of ~12,000 members and creator of Hack Midwest as well as events like Compute Midwest (seen in Forbes, Fast Company & Huffington Post) and Mobile Midwest. He also created The Disruption Institute, which is a software developer educational program to make Kansas City into a world leader in mobile innovation. Michael / KCITP events have appeared in national media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Next Web and GigaOM. Local coverage includes media outlets like the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal, KMBC Channel 9 News, The Pitch and more.