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With Hackathons Taking Center Stage, The Coming Transformation Of The Computer Scientist

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[tc_dropcap]When Dave Fontenot moved to the University of Michigan from his home in South Florida in the fall of 2011, he brought the standard equipment every freshman college student needs -– clothes, shoes, books, and a backpack. One item, though, was missing.[/tc_dropcap]

“I didn’t own my own laptop,” he said.

That didn’t stop him from attending his first hackathon several weeks later at Hacka2thon, where he built his first website. The experience ignited his enthusiasm, and over the next two years, Fontenot would found and develop MHacks into one of the largest hackathons in the country, last month hosting more than 1,000 students from across the Midwest and the United States to Michigan for a weekend of coding. “#hellyeah,” as Fontenot puts it subtly.

For the first time next semester, more than 10,000 students are expected to participate in one of 10 mega-hackathons, in a discipline that graduated just…

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Written by mparsons1980

February 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

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