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Battle of the Games. There will be HACKFEST!

We’ve done a beerfest hackfest, biking hackfest, lock-picking hackfest, but now it is time….time to bust out your best hacked-together code with your maze-solving, token gathering, and weapon making skills. Why? Because we're kicking off Boulder Startup Week with our Battle of the Games hackfest! You can make your own adventure text game, table-top game, a MMOG, a badass MUD game (but be prepared for mockery), or even board game. WE WANT ALL THE THINGS (in three hours or less).

Don't code? Don't worry. We will have all the classic games in the house for you to get your Donkey Kong, Contra, and Battletoads fix. We're featuring original NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and more consoles to battle it out in your own competition. Beer, food and prizes provided by our generous sponsors so stay for the end when teams formed the night-of will present their project after only three hours of hacking. First 20 teams who use SparkFun's MaKey MaKeys with their application will go home with a FREE one.

You know the deets by now: doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30pm, presentations at 9:30, lights out by 10pm. No previous feature design and all code must be written night of. You would all starve and be very dehydrated if it weren't for JP Morgan Chase & Co, so be sure to thank them when you are chowin' down.

Hint: Our sponsor Occipital likes 3D mapping ideas and is giving out a Structure Sensor to the winning team!

Meet our Sponsors!

About Occipital: Occipital is equal parts science lab and software startup – we develop state-of-the-art mobile computer vision applications. Occipital is venture-funded, was backed by Techstars in 2008, and is also known for developing RedLaser, a barcode-scanning application that was acquired by eBay Inc. In 2010, the company reinvented panoramas with 360 Panorama, an app which makes 360-degree image capture as simple and fast as recording a video clip.

Occipital also makes the Structure Sensor, the world’s first 3D sensor for mobile devices. It gives mobile devices a new sense – the ability to not just capture the world as two-dimensional images, but to actually understand it in three dimensions.

SparkFun is a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation. Find us at www.sparkfun.com

JP Morgan Chase & Co: Chase is a full service bank proudly offering a wide range of banking services for individuals and businesses. We are a part of JPMorganChase who serves over 90 million clients with the mission to be the best financial services company in the world.