We’ve been claiming for a while now that our authentication technology would be a great asset to social discovery firms like Foursquare. Thus, when foursquare announced that they would be hosting a global hackathon on November 3rd, complete with cool prizes, we enthusiastically volunteered to open our office, and provide food and caffeine for any cheesehead developers who wanted to participate.
As you may have heard, we have a pretty good record when it comes to hackathons.
Unfortunately, over the past few days, Sandy brought chaos and destruction to our startup brethren up and down the east coast.
Given the impact of the storm on New York, Foursquare has understandably decided to spend the coming days focusing on the safety and well-being of their staff, and the integrity of their core services. Consequently, they have postponed the Foursquare Hackathon to January 5th, 2013.
But, here in Wisconsin, we went almost entirely unscathed by Superstorm Sandy. Further, news reports are teaching us a lot about the degree to which those impacted by the storm are depending on their mobile devices in the absence of reliable power and data connectivity through wired networks.
Thus, instead, of canceling our get-together this Saturday, we’re going to host a “Disaster Recovery” hackathon instead! Lets use this opportunity to build tools that help people cope with the next major hurricane/earthquake/tsunami/zombie apocalypse.
If you want to participate, head on over to our office from 9AM to 6PM this Saturday (Nov. 3rd). We’ll have food and beverages for everyone, and we’ll spend the day building tools that help those impacted by Sandy’s wrath.