On the weekend of October 17-18th the Meeting of the Minds Civic Hackathon will take place in Richmond, California. Amongst the various tools and facilities that will be available for the Hackathon, World Programming will be providing WPS software (www.teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps ) and support for any SAS programmers taking part in the event who would like to create and run programs in the language of SAS. The WPS software will be available on a server provided by Cisco and also for installation onto your own workstations running Linux, OS X or Windows. Teams who use WPS software at this event will be given a license at no cost, and can use the product and all of its features for an additional 6 months after the event.
There will be data sets that can be used to create civic oriented applications and the data is categorized into Economic Development, Public Spaces, Health and Environment, Sustainability, Digital Divide and Education. So there is plenty of data available for a myriad of subject matter experts to use.
There is a $5,000 cash prize from Qualcomm awarded to the winner.
More information on the Hackathon can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/p6ymuot
About the author: Phil Rack is President of MineQuest Business Analytics, LLC located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Phil has been a SAS language developer for more than 25 years. MineQuest provides WPS and SAS consulting and contract programming services and is a authorized reseller of WPS in North America.