Compute Midwest adds speakers, will host hackathon at Google Fiber Space
Google's Fiber Space, which opened in July (above), will host the Compute Midwest hackathon.
The organizer of Compute Midwest, a Kansas City IT Professionals event that will take place Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, has announced that the event's hackathon Nov. 10-11 will be held in Google's Fiber Space, a showroom and event space offering visitors an early glimpse of Google Fiber.
Hackathon competitors will be given access to a 300 Mbps Wi-Fi connection, 30 times the national average. A computer with gigabit speeds will also be available for those who want to build or test gigabit apps.
With this addition to the hackathon, a prize category has been added to recognize the "best next-generation apps (built) to leverage Google Fiber in Kansas City."
Compute Midwest organizer Michael Gelphman isn't sure what he'll see with the higher connection speed in play. "But that's always the exciting part," Gelphman said in an email interview.
The Compute Midwest hackathon kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 and wraps the following day at 10:30 a.m. with team demos and awards. Tickets that include admittance to the Hackathon and the rest of the Compute Midwest event cost $329 (startup, entrepreneur and non-profit tickets are discounted to $209). To learn more about the hackathon, visit computemidwest.com.
Speaker slate includes Google, Github, Box
Kansas City IT Professionals has announced eight speakers for the conference portion of the inaugural Compute Midwest event. Following the event's opening party the evening of Nov. 8, those speakers will present Nov. 9 at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
Gelphman called the eight individuals "innovators who are building companies/ideas that are changing the world." Those speakers are:
- Brad Abrams, Google product manager, cloud platform team
- Scott Chacon, GitHub CIO
- Jason Hoffman, Joynet founder and CTO
- Naithan Jones, AgLocal founder and CEO
- Zach Kaplan, Inventables CEO
- Dan Levin, Box COO
- Ben Milne, Dwolla founder and CEO
- Michelle Munson, Aspera co-founder and CEO
To learn more about the speakers, visit computemidwest.com.
Credits: Photo by Michael Stacy.