The O’Connell Center will be the location for Starter Space’s first hackathon. The hackathon will be free to college students throughout the Southeast with interests in IT. Starter Space has visions of turning this event into the biggest event in the region and plans to expand it nationwide. Launchpad 2014, the hackathon, will be held Nov. 8 and Nov. 9.
Alejandro Ruperti, the project manager, is reaching out to universities from South Carolina to Miami. Launchpad will feature potential sponsors, speakers and judges who will be announced at Launchpad2014.com. Participants from the universities will form teams to build software or hardware products that they will pitch to a panel of judges to win a cash prize. Launchpad will differ from other hackathons by providing donated legal and mentoring services to winning teams. One of Gainesville local companies, SpinChill, came up with their beer-chilling device at the AngelHack ATL hackathon. Ruperti believes Launchpad will showcase Gainesville as a regional hub of talent and innovation.