The students of NYU Shanghai are hosting the first bilingual hackathon for top hackers from around the world. HackShanghai is the largest such event in China to date. The 250 participating graduate and undergraduate students were chosen from applications from over 100 universities, including Harvard, Tsinghua U, Peking U, MIT, and CalTech. The 24-hour marathon event is sponsored by 21 companies, such as ICBC, Goldman Sachs, IBM, DBS. A dozen startups will man booths on location to engage with the students throughout the event. The top three teams will be selected by twelve judges from, among others, NYU Shanghai, Fudan University, ECNU, and Goldman Sachs. The winners will also be recognized for their individual efforts with prizes from sponsors.
In 2014, 250 hackers were selected out of almost 1500 applications from top universities in China and around the globe. For 24 hours, they all worked together, in teams, to build products that accomplish their vision, and may change the future. From the human-computer interface that fully virtualized the entire process of cooking to the 'blimp' made of plastic bags, countless great ideas were born at HackShanghai. The efforts of the very best were rewarded with over 100,000 RMB worth of prizes, on top of the invaluable experience of connecting with CEOs and CTOs from the world-renowned companies who sponsored HackShanghai.
HackShanghai aims to cross geographical and cultural boundaries and bring together a multitude of different innovators, each with their own view of the world we live in. With so many vastly different perspectives, we want to see how programming can display the very basics of what brings humans together and leave a positive mark on our rapidly advancing world.
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