Up for grabs will be two $5000 prizes, one for best commercial concept and the other for best product execution. During that time, start-up incubator Pollenizer will be scouring the teams looking for an opportunity to invest $10,000 for a 10 per cent stake in the project.
Participants will be judged on business model, user experience, innovation and integration with the Sensis API — an API that provides access to Yellow Pages and White Pages business listings and advertising.
The last hackfest, held over the weekend of 19 and 20 November last year in Melbourne, pitted Android developers against iOS developers. This time, the hackfest will add designers, coders, ideas people into the mix. Participants will be able to register an entire team before the event to avoid the team-forming phase on opening day.
Sydney will be the host city for this hackfest, with the venue being Pollenizer's offices in Surry Hills between 9am and 7pm AEDST on the two Saturdays.
Teams will be able to work on their project during the intervening week. Participants will be able to arrive with pre-existing work provided that it is not an already finished product.
Registration is open until 23 March.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.