Matt Hines Development

Matt Hines.
Sys Admin/DevOps and developer.
This blog is mainly to display my different projects, as well as a place for me to share and discuss technology news and interests.

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We’re in the dog days of summer, but there are plenty of cool hacking opportunities to escape the heat! Dive into 21 new hackathons and 12 online challenges from Rackspace, Mozilla, PubNub, Ford, Al Jazeera, TechCrunch, and more.

This is just the start of our fall lineup. Sign up here to join our new challenge & hackathon newsletter.

Hack Something Awesome

Computer Vision & Facial Recognition

Media & Storytelling

  • The MediaThon: Inspire the News!
    (Pittsburgh, PA 9/6)
    Gather in a fun, creative, and competitive environment to create media that highlights the possibilities of the news business of the future.

  • Al Jazeera Innovation Challenge: $25,000 in prizes
    (Global - Ends 9/30)
    Nonlinear Narratives: design and build innovative storytelling applications in a competition from the Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network.

Transportation & Mobility

Internet of Things, Sensors, 3D Printing, and Music

  • Additive Sounds: 3D Printing & the Future of Music Technology
    (London, UK 9/5–7)
    Join Imperial College’s biggest hackathon yet, hosted by Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) and 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker. Create new musical innovations using 3D printing and commonly available electronic parts (provided).

  • HACKANODE 2014: $16,500 in prizes
    (Global - Ends 9/24)
    Get the award-winning NODE+ (free loaner units!) — a highly flexible, advanced, and sophisticated sensor platform that tracks temperature, pressure, humidity, color, movement, and more.

  • The Global Webit Congress IoT Hackathon 2014
    (Istanbul, Turkey 10/1–2)
    Build relationships and collaborate with global tech giants from Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

3D Visualization

Retail & Fashion

  • Retail Week Hackathon
    (London, UK 9/17–18)
    Create the ultimate customer experience during the Retail Week Technology and Ecommerce Summit. 
  • Decoded Fashion Hackathon
    (London, UK 9/20–21)
    Enhance the consumer experience for fashion and retail brands in Westfield at the world’s first hackathon in a shopping center. 

Finance Tech

  • Hack/TheBank Barcelona
    (Barcelona, Spain 9/17)
    A fintech hackathon where programmers, designers, and business leaders are brought together to brainstorm and create software for retail banking, capital markets, payments, and big data.

Health Tech

  • Med Hack - San Francisco
    (San Francisco, CA 9/6–7)
    Spark new health tech innovations in a fun and competitive environment for unique awards such as “Most Fundable,” “Most Practical,” “Best Hack,” and “Monster Hackers.”

  • Dental Hackathon: $3,000 in prizes
    (New York, NY 9/13–14)
    Join digital dentistry experts to develop desktop, mobile, and cloud hacks and apps for dentists and dental laboratories.

  • Grey Healthcare Group Health Outcomes Code-a-Thon: $7,000 in prizes
    (New York, NY 9/20–21)
    Form new ideas and prototypes that improve health outcome measures as they relate to the Affordable Care Act and the larger US healthcare system.

Make People’s Lives Better

  • Caitlin’s Closet Hackathon
    (Dothan, AL 8/23–24)
    Caitlin’s Closet started with a dress and a goal to prepare young women for success. Create tech-driven solutions to expand the reach and impact of this empowering program.

  • Create for the Kingdom: $9,750 in prizes
    (Austin, TX 9/12–14)
    A hackathon event from the Christian perspective, inviting everyone, regardless of worldview, to join in on solving large challenges and build a healthier and stronger society.

  • Meeting of the Minds 2014 Hackathon: $5,000 in prizes
    (Detroit, MI 9/30–10/1)
    Teams of one to four participants will work all night to build mobile apps the improve the livability of cities. The top three teams will pitch their applications to an audience of 350+ urban sustainability and technology leaders from Fortune 500 companies and leading NGOs from around the world.

  • Leading Age HackFest: $10,000 in prizes
    (Nashville, TN 10/18–19)
    Meet students and professionals from around the country and create an innovative, technology-driven tool to improve the lives of older adults and their families.

Public Safety & Disaster Response

  • The Fueled 2014 Hackathon: $500 in prizes
    (New York, NY 9/20)
    Leverage White House Safety Data to build innovative applications usable by individuals of all technical ability. The four tracks of this hackathon are: crime/law enforcement, emergency response, natural disaster response, and public safety/societal issues.

For High School Students

  • HackDC: $7,168 in prizes
    (Washington, DC 9/21)
    High school students participating in HackDC this fall are invited to are invited to create apps and future companies that will improve our daily lives.


  • AstriCon Hackathon
    (Las Vegas, NV 10/21–22)
    Create, code, and design apps built on Asterisk, Respoke, and other communications APIs at the first ever AstriCon Hackathon.

Apps & Games

  • Alpha Game Jam
    (San Francisco, CA 9/12–14)
    Join up with game devs of all experience levels and prototype a game that could be the next big thing! Hosted at Microsoft’s SF campus.

  • 1° Hackathon CTA UNESP
    (São Paulo, Brazil 10/18–19)
    Develop HTML5 games for Firefox OS, and learn more about the open web from talks by Mozillians.


Learn to code while playing Minecraft

Did you know that you can learn programming while playing a video game? A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed LearnToMod, software that teaches kids introductory programming with Minecraft. Students will learn JavaScript, the essential programming language of the web, and can also earn University of California college credits, regardless of their age.

“Our goal is to teach kids computer science while they’re having fun.”

Read more about how UC San Diego computer scientists are teaching programming with Minecraft.


What it feels like when your code complies but it doesn’t work right.


What it feels like when your code complies but it doesn’t work right.

(via programmingproblems)

Sorry about this guys. My current situation with terrible internet and not in the frame of mind to sit and think about putting together posts isn’t good. I’ll probably hold off from posting big posts for a while, until I get things sorted out. I wil continue to reblog things I find interesting but don’t expect thoughtful or well-formed posts by me for a little while. :(


#Programming in movies vs. programming in real life with @m_janko. #hacker