Fostering collaborative programming and creative problem solving
LLNL computer scientists partcipate in the spring 2015 hackathon event

March Hackathon Sees Strong Turnout

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Computation’s hackathons are off to a strong start this year. The spring hackathon, held March 5 and 6 at the High Performance Computing Innovation Center, saw one of the biggest turnouts thus far, with 65 registered participants.

Hackathons are 24-hour events that encourage LLNL computer scientists to engage in collaborative programming and creative problem solving. “Hackers” are encouraged to break out of their day-to-day tasks and prototype an idea, automate a tedious task, or learn something new. Past hackathons have produced ideas that were adopted by LLNL. Maxx Becker, Jorge Castro Morales, and Bob Corey organized the hackathon on behalf of National Ignition Facility Computing (NIFC).

Becker noted that one of the most popular Hackathon projects was a web technologies demonstration led by NIFC’s John Fisher, which provided an environment for participants to learn and apply various web technologies. This massive project had 16 registered participants, organized into various sub-teams, whose efforts ranged from implementing tutorials to developing useful tools.

The next Hackathon will be held in the summer.