VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Department of Computer Science has teamed up with Azalea Health to host Hackathon 2018 Saturday, Feb. 17, at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation.

Hackathon is open to all currently enrolled high school, college and university students interested in computer science, engineering or computer design, according to university officials. 

During the all-day competition, teams of two to five students will collaboratively develop innovative software applications for use in the health-care industry.

Teams may be created at Hackathon or arranged beforehand. Competitors retain full ownership of what they create during the event, according to organizers.

A panel of judges will select the top three teams based on the innovation/creativity, quality, user-friendliness, accuracy and overall presentation of the final creations. 

The first-place team will receive $1,000. The second-place team will receive $500. The third-place team will receive $250, according to organizers. 

To be eligible for prizes, all code, design, art, music, SFX and assets must be created onsite during the competition. Third-party services, APIs, open-source projects, libraries and frameworks are encouraged.

The deadline to register to compete at Hackathon, 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. There are no entry fees. Competitors must show proof of current enrollment as an active student at a verified school or institution of higher education.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. After receiving a problem that needs solving, teams will work on their software applications from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and present their creations at 4:45 p.m. The presentation of awards will begin 6 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

Azalea Health is a provider of cloud-based health-care solutions and services. 

Visit https://www.azaleahealth.com/2018/01/17/2018-azalea-health-hackathon/ for complete competition rules and to register.

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