Do you think that you might be interested in attending the Android Hackaton, but have questions about what to expect?

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What is the Android Hackathon?

The Android Hackathon - Silicon Valley is the first hackathon in the SF Bay Area focused on Google Android-based applications. It is a free working event for developers, designers, and testers to build native applications for the Android platform.

The event is inspired by BarCamp, SuperHappyDevHouse, and iPhoneDevCamp. Attendees, which include developers, web developers, UI designers, and testers, come together over a short time in an informal environment to build new Android applications. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. We encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on an application project during the event.

Individuals and teams that finish their projects are invited to present their applications at the March 17th meeting of the Silicon Valley Android Meetup. The audience will vote for their favorites. The top projects will receive prizes, but everyone will learn more about the Android platform.


What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are free-form, informal coding events. Mostly, they are about building cool projects and working with a wide range of enthusiasts.

What does it cost to attend?

The Android Hackathon is free to attend, but it has a limited number of spaces. Reserve your space as soon as you can. If your plans change, please cancel your reservation to allow another to attend.

When and where is the Android Hackathon?

The Android Hackathon is primarily the day-long coding event on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA. People who would like to take part in the hackathon competition should register to present their applications at the Silicon Valley Android Meetup on March 17, 2010. Prizes will be awarded to the winning applications after the audience votes have been counted.

What should I bring?

You should bring your laptop preloaded with the Android SDK and your favorite programming tools, including your test phones running on Android. We will supply free WiFi, a comfy place to work and your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Can I submit an Android app into the contest that is already on the Android Market or other distribution platform?

To encourage developers to push the boundaries of the Android platform, applications that are already on the Android Market or another distribution platform should not be submitted to the competition. We will give priority to applications that were developed at the Android Hackathon.

What if my app is not finished in time for the presentations?

Applications submitted to the competition do not have to be “finished” to win. Focus on demonstrating what your application can do well, and don't worry about what may be not complete.

Who is organizing the Android Hackathon? Are you with Google?

The Android Hackathon is being organized by assorted volunteers from the SF Bay Area Android community. This Hackathon is a not-for-profit event to encourage collaboration among programmers and designers interested in Google's Android platform. This event and the volunteers are not affiliated with Google, Inc.

How can I volunteer?

The Android Hackathon is a volunteer-run event, and there are many ways to help. Just sign up as a volunteer.

I have a great idea for a sponsorship. Who do I talk to?

Sponsoring the Android Hackathon is a great way to get your company's name in front of the quickly growing Android developer community. You can send us your sponsorship ideas directly to David Cao