PeopleForBikes partners with Quick Left to host a National Bike Month Hackfest

April 16, 2013

On May 14th in Boulder, Colorado, we're collaborating with bike-friendly web developer Quick Left to host Bikes & Bytes: National Bike Month Hackfest

A hackfest is an event that gathers people within the software development field under one roof to collaborate on a software project and showcase their skills. The Bikes & Bytes Hackfest has a special focus on bike applications in celebration of National Bike Month and invites non-coders to attend. Bike geeks and computer geeks will join forces as they compete to develop bicycle-themed mobile or web applications in three hours or less. The competition is friendly; the event is designed to be fun. 


January Quick Left Hackfest 2013 from Quick Left on Vimeo.

Bikes & Bytes Event Details:
· When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and final judging is at 10:00 p.m. Hacking takes place from 6:30 to 9:30.
· Where: Quick Left, 902 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colo. 80302
· Who can attend? The event welcomes pre-registered coders of all abilities and experience levels as well as pre-registered bicyclists who simply want to enjoy the entertainment!
· How to participate: Register at: bikesandbytes.eventbrite.com. Space is limited; register today!
· What to bring: Your favorite device to hack on and any necessary computer components.

Participating hackers can scrape data points from Strava, use API's from Training Peaks or MapMyFitness, or use their own Garmin data. It is encouraged to have a bike geek on each team, to help spearhead ideas. For example, teams may develop an app that helps bicyclists find the least-ridden Strava segments to find the quietest roads and singletrack trails. 

Final projects will be judged by a panel of Bikes & Bytes sponsors, including: PeopleForBikes.org, Stages Cycling, Training Peaks, Bike Valet. The team voted for first-place will receive the grand prize valued at $800: a Stages Power Meter. The Power Meter is primed to bring power-based training to all disciplines of performance cycling. 

Those who ride their bike to the event will be eligible to win Quick Left gear, among other swag. Roller races, contests and an awards ceremony will entertain non-coders in attendance. Special awards will go to “the longest bike commute” and “most tricked out commuter bike.” Beer, food, swag will be aplenty.

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