Hackathon 2013 at Zvartnots Airport

Karen Ghazaryan
Public Radio of Armenia

The Microsoft Innovation Center in Armenia, the Public Journalism Club and Zvartnots Airport in cooperation with Microsoft RA and Counterpart International organize the second Hackathon [YAN] Flight 2013 contest of programming and innovative ideas on December 21 and 22.

Within 24 hours, the teams consisted of programmers and non-programmers will develop the prototypes/demo versions of their programs, applications, mobile applications that will be assessed by the panel of experts.

Head of the Public Journalism Club Seda Muradyan said there are no boundaries in the field of Information Technologies and a talented team has a chance to make the first steps in the field in this contest, thus paving the way for future activity.

Director of Microsoft Innovation Center in Armenia Eva Hyusyan said the interest in the contest increases year by year. While only 32-35 teams participated in the event two years ago, the number of applications for this year’s competition has already exceeded 50.

Director of the Armenian Office of Microsoft Company Grigor Barseghyan attaches importance to three main principles: novelty of the idea, its technical implementation and the possibility of application.

Four companies were registered as a result of the previous contest, which successfully continue their activity not only on the Armenian, but also the foreign market.

Organizers say the contest is a starting point of a process and hope that this year the Hackathon will also produce interesting and practical results. The winner of the competition will get 1 million AMD.

Hachathon is a Silicon Valley-generated extensive contest aimed at solving existing problems through collaborative computer programming and new technologies.

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