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Reno is about to get hacked, but in a good way
by Tribune Staff
Oct 13, 2011 | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — Members of Reno Collective, the city of Reno and a slew of sponsors have gathered to orchestrate Hack4Reno, in which local programmers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and idea people will power up their computers for the first ever, 24-hour ‘hackathon’ beginning this Saturday at The Pioneer Center.

“We’re talking an uninterrupted 24 hours,” said Reno Collective’s Don Morrison. “So that means not a lot of sleep, not a lot of rest, a whole lot of food, a whole lot of caffeine and a whole lot of code.”

Creative Renoites of all skill sets can register at to participate in this completely open, completely free competition, which starts at noon on Saturday and will run until noon on Sunday. Teams of developers and designers will race against the clock to develop the best Reno-area-based apps and websites to compete for a variety of prizes.

Following a full day of design, programming and testing, teams will present their projects to a group of judges made up of Reno professionals, city officials and interested passersby.

“At 2 p.m. on Sunday, teams will pitch their projects,” Morrison said. “So it will be important for them to have a solid product and a good presentation if they want to win some of the cool prizes donated by our generous sponsors.”

Reno Collective’s founder, Colin Loretz, said Reno is rich in data and all the city needs is some talented developers, forward thinkers and city of Reno tech staff to make that data fun and accessible.

“We have a wealth of resources in Reno and places like Tahoe, Sparks and Truckee all within 30 minutes, but not everyone knows what resources exist or how to access them,” Loretz said. “The apps that get built at Hack4Reno will help make Reno a more connected place. Long term, Hack4Reno is about education. We want people to understand what is happening around them in their community and we want them to see what kind of talent exists here.”

Hack4Reno is modeled after similar events in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco and Boston, where the term “hack” connotes creative, fun, technological development.

For more information, or to participate, visit and click on the “register” tab.

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