Hack your way to Silicon Valley is the slogan for AngelHack KL, the latest in a line of so-called Hackathons being held in Malaysia.
For those not in the know, despite its name, a hackathon is not one where participants are encouraged to hack into computer systems or servers – instead, it's a 24-hour event where teams of designers and programmers are required to produce an application or at least a working prototype of an application.
Now in its third year, AngelHack is not the only hackathon in town but it's certainly the largest, according to Heislyc Loh, director of AngelHack KL. This year it has attracted about 300 participants.The event, which will happen in the 24 hours from June 13 to 14, will give participants certain themes on which to base their applications.
These themes will only be revealed two weeks before the event to give participants a bit of lead time to prepare.
For the participants, the stakes are high – the grand prize winners will get a return flight ticket to Silicon Valley in California, US, to get at least a week of guidance at the AngelHack headquarters with the mentors to help polish and finish their product.
They will also be given the opportunity to present their project and pitch in front of several entrepreneurs and investors.
According to Loh, the developer community in Malaysia is at least as skilled as those found in Silicon Valley, but most Malaysian find it challenging to find fresh ideas for solutions to real world problems.
In fact, it's one of the goals of AngelHack KL to bring together people with ideas but no coding experience with artists and programmers to hopefully produce the next big thing.
While the rules of AngelHack do not disqualify single participants, contestants are definitely encouraged to get together a team of up to five to share the burden and produce an app.
Main sponsors for the event include Sunway Group & The Pinnacle, Fusionex, Microsoft, MyTeksi, Nintex, MDeC, TM, with IBM and Amazon Web Services as Global Sponsors.
Apart from the grand prize which includes tickets to Silicon Valley, participants also stand to win credits from Amazon Web Services and IBM.
Some special challenges and prizes will be announced during the pre-Hack briefing session as well.
The hackhathon will be held at The Pinnacle, Sunway, from June 13 to 14. A pre-event will be held on May 30 at Hall 3, Graduate Centre, Sunway University to reveal the themes and challenges.
For more info, log on to AngelHack Kuala Lumpur Facebook page.