The Next 36 and Google Host Hackathon to Build Software for Wearable Technology

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This past weekend the Next 36 put on their first official Hackathon where Canada’s most innovative students were challenged to create new software on wearable computing hardware devices, pulling an all-nighter.

Hosted by Google in both Toronto and Waterloo offices, participants formed their organically made teams of six in less than half an hour and got to work brainstorming ideas.  Each team had to come up with a name and decide which device they would like to “hack” on all night to compete for first place in front of the judges with the possible opportunity to land a spot in the coveted Next 36, Canada’s leading program for young entrepreneurs. Teams were given the choice of which hardware they would code and create on between Kiwi Wearables, Pebble and Thalmic Lab’s MYO.

Participants had to sign non-disclosure agreements since Pebble is the only product that is released into the market, which was a cool opportunity for students to be a part of creating the future possibilities and developments of these products. The crowd’s favourite device to code on was Thalmic Labs MYO hardware, which will be released in 2014.

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