HACKmemphis set for September

Listen up, techies – and hackers of the Mid-South: An upcoming event has got your digital imprint all over it.

I got word from Bryan Robinson – a former colleague at The Commercial Appeal and the son of one of my current colleagues - that there will be a two-day program next month aimed at software and hardware developers in the Memphis area.

This is shaping up to be a fantastic gathering for lots of the brightest creatives in the metro area, so make sure you get in on the ground floor.

Here are the details from Bryan:

On Sept. 14 and 15, Memphis-area hardware and software developers will come together to formulate great ideas, write exceptional code and create awesome hardware hacks.

HACKmemphis 2013 (hackmemphis.com) will be hosted downtown at EmergeMemphis and feature a full day of community-directed innovation followed by a demo day open to the public to showcase new, exciting technology projects.

The HACKmemphis concept was born of a desire to continue to foster the growth of the developer community in Memphis and provide open-ended programming designed by developers for developers.

“There are so many talented developers in Memphis looking for creative outlets outside of their day jobs,” said Joe Ferguson, chairman of the HACKmemphis board. “We started HACKmemphis as a way to bring these developers out, mix them together and see what interesting technological marvels shake out.”

Garnering attention from local and national sponsors, HACKmemphis 2013 will be a free event offering free meals, snacks and beverages, as well as a variety of prizes. Supporters include gold-level sponsor RackSpace, a national web hosting company based in San Antonio, Texas, and venue sponsor EmergeMemphis, a technology business incubator supporting innovation and a thriving startup community in Memphis.

“We are thrilled to be the venue sponsor for HACKmemphis 2013,” Carlton Crothers, CEO of EmergeMemphis, said of the organization’s involvement. “ It’s events like this that bring innovative and creative people together to create new things.”

HACKmemphis believes in providing a harassment-free experience and has adopted the PyCon Code of Conduct (https://us.pycon.org/2012/codeofconduct/) to ensure all participants get the most out of the weekend.

Other sponsors include erf design, GeekBlog.tv, GitHub, JetBrains, LunaWeb, Midsouth Makers, Modern Services, O’Reilly Media and RocketFuel.

For more information, visit hackmemphis.com or contact Bryan Robinson at bryan@hackmemphis.com.

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