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CSUB to Host First Electric Bookworm Hackathon

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) and Kern Innovation and Technology (KIT) is hosting the first Hackathon event from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20. This Electric Bookworm Library Tech Hackathon is an innovation competition designed to develop the best technology tools for library management and efficiency, patron access and outreach in Kern County. Teams of students and professionals are encouraged to create innovative tools such as mobile apps, virtual tours or even robots. Libraries are a valued community resource that provide accessible knowledge and opportunity and can often be a place of invention and technology. KIT and CSUB invite the community to compete and develop technologies to help the local libraries better serve the community.

“A hackathon is a talent showcase and an opportunity for collaboration and networking. The Electric Bookworm Library Tech Hackathon will bring together students and professionals of technical and non-technical backgrounds to design and build solutions for community problems. Teams will work on not just prototypes, but presentations and community impact reports as well, all competing for a trophy and cash prize,” said Founder of Kern Innovation and Technology (KIT), Alyssa Haas. “This Hackathon will bring community members to CSUB’s campus and offer an exciting way for students to test their skills, learn new ones, and show potential employers that they have what it takes to meet real-world needs.”

The Hackathon is open to all professions and experience levels. Teams will be formed during Friday evening’s session and will work out innovations throughout the weekend. Each team will be judged on how well their technology tool meets a community need and how well their prototype is built.

Event times and locations are as follows:

  • Friday, November 18 // Science 3 – 108       6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 19 // WSL Computer Lab 5    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 20 // WSL Computer Lab 5      11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (the festivities will move to SCI III-108 from 7 to 9 p.m.)

“We’re excited about giving our students the opportunity to network with professionals and to exhibit their skills in such a creative and innovative way. The Electric Bookworm Hackathon highlights how technology and innovation can be used to improve community services. We anticipate the Hackathon will generate a lot of interest and excitement among our computer science majors and that it will be the first of many similar activities for our students,” said Department Chair of Computer and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Melissa Danforth.

Participants can sign up through Eventbrite, where a complete list of activities for the weekend, including idea development session, pitch presentations and a networking dinner at Lengthwise can also be found. Signups are free for students and $10 for non-students. Students may receive a free event code by e-mailing via their CSUB student email accounts. The winning team will win a trophy and a cash prize.

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