Geektime and Intel team up for the first Perceptual Computing Hackathon in Israel



So what are your plans this summer? Planning on bumming out at the the beach or pool all day? If you’re a real geek (and we’re pretty sure you are), We think you’d rather attend the first Hackathon in Israel on Intel’s Perceptual Computing, in collaboration with Geektime.

Why do you want to do this?

Besides for the fact that Perceptual Computing is expected to be one of the hottest areas in tech for the next decade, missing the opportunity to experience Intel’s most innovative developments is not something you want to do. In addition, the first place winner will be flown out to Silicon Valley, along with the president of Intel Israel, Mooly Eden, to view Intel’s latest developments in person.

Tempting, right? Want to jump on the next plane? No problem, we’ll arrange it for you. There’s only one little thing standing between you and your ride to Silicon Valley – you have to lead the winning team at the event. And don’t worry about the rest of the team, all of you will be awarded with a brand new Ultrabook. The second place team will each receive new Intel tablets and we’ll have some awesome prizes for third place as well.

Register for the event

First Hackathon for perceptual computing

But let’s start from the beginning. On the 17 and 18 of July, Intel will hold its first Hackathon on Perceptual Computing at the Company’s development center in Matam Park, Haifa.

The event is designed for software developers, both beginners and experienced, who are innovative, original and knowledgeable about Windows environment and programming languages; ​​C++ and C#. The event is looking for people who will offer ideas and develop applications that use Perceptual Computing SDK’s and the three-dimensional cameras of the company. Applications need to reflect original and unique ideas for the latest camera, which has not yet been released to the public, but which has been provided to software developers around the world.

The purpose of the event is to encourage Israeli companies and software developers to enter into the perceptual computing field, developing original applications and solutions to be submitted to the Intel Perceptual Challenge contest, with prizes totaling $800,000. The contest will end in September of 2013.

Please note that in order to participate in this competition you must submit your ideas by 17/06/13.

Workshop: Learning to Work with Perceptual Computing SDK

Since the development of Perceptual Computing applications requires some familiarity with the technology, we will be offering a three-hour workshop to help you learn about it. The workshop will take place in Petah Tikva on June 12th, from 16:00 to 19:00 (Park Azurim, Beit Megamot), and in Haifa on June 13th, from 16:00 to 19:00 (Intel’s Research and Development center, Park MATAM). To register for workshops, please contact Guy Grimland at [email protected]. The mail must specify which of the two workshops you wish to attend.

It is important to note that the workshop is not a prerequisite for registration at the event, but it’s definitely highly recommended if you want to submit an idea to the Perceptual Challenge contest, given the complexity of technology.

Want a little taste of what you can do with the Perceptual Computing SDK?

Magic Doodle Pad

Jeeno the kitchen computer

Want to see more ideas and applications from the first phase of the developer competition? submit request.

What you can expect at the event?

We’re talking about one of the events that we believe is worth our personal investment in. Opening statements by Mr. Mooly Eden, president of Intel Israel. Enrichment lectures by representatives of the Perceptual Computing Group. Refreshments are on the house. Technical support at the event from top tier experts from Israel and abroad, and most importantly – a great atmosphere for coding and developing innovative applications and unique content.

To Register for the event

And a little help from the community on the way

Tickets to the event cost $50 and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Machshava Tova, which was founded by a group of educators and high-tech professionals in 2003 to reduce the growing social gaps in Israel through the use of technology. The organization today operates in ten different centers, including in Jerusalem, Lod and Kiryat Yam. Additionally the center’s association runs Mobile classes given throughout the country. Mobile classes allow the organization to operate in places devoid of technological equipment and to reach people who cannot get to the centers. The association teaches various populations including youth-at-risk, the elderly, Arabs, children of urban gardens, Deaf, and the unemployed. The association’s courses include imparting basic computer knowledge, learning office productivity software, web browsing, robotics, animation and more.


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