SparkFun, Quick Left, RefactorU and Human Design Team Up To Hold Unique Drone Hackathon

NodeCopter.js hackathon event pits professional coders and designers against each other in quadcopter hacking contest

Boulder, Colo., June 20, 2014 – SparkFun and fellow Boulder-based companies QuickLeft, RefactorU and Human Design recently announced the NodeCopter.js Hackathon, a fun international event where five teams will compete for a chance at hacker glory.

In the event, five developer teams from the community will receive one Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and spend the day programming and hacking with it. At the end of the day, each team gets to present their hacks to the other attendees.

“We are very excited to see the NodeCopter.js event at this year's AVC,” said SparkFun Technical Designer and hackathon planner Pamela Cortez. “It is a great way for developers and students in the community to get together to hack on some cool hardware and have a chance to win great prizes.”

The hackathon will take June 21st, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. during SparkFun’s sixth annual autonomous vehicle competition, an event where competitors from across the globe gather in a time-trial style aerial and ground race for autonomous robots.

In addition to the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 which the teams get to keep, prizes include SparkFun Inventor’s Kits for Arduino, multiple $100 SparkFun gift certificates and more. Entries will be judged based on presentation, level of completion and technical implementation, and originality and creativity of the hack.

The competitors for the hackathon are teams from RefactorU, Human Design, Tinker Mill, Monarch High School and Warren Tech.

Quick Left is a proud supporter of STEM programs and a 2014 sponsor of Monarch High School's Robotics team annually and for the NodeCopter event.

For more information on Nodecopter, visit

About SparkFun Electronics

Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.

SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 150 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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About RefactorU

RefactorU accelerates the learning and development of the world's aspiring creatives, makers, and technologists. RefactorU empowers individuals to reinvent themselves to meet the needs of today's technology-driven economy while building lifelong professional networks. RefactorU enables hiring managers to significantly improve bench strength while increasing employee retention and reducing risk. Learn more at

About Quick Left

Quick Left Inc. is a leading provider of innovative software development services and tools headquartered in Boulder, Colo. Its services team specializes in web development, design, training and mobile applications. The company also operates Sprintly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. Together with Sprintly, Quick Left accelerates software product launches with a process defined by accountability, simplicity, scalability and today’s smartest web technologies. Visit Quick Left at

About Human Design

Human Design is a Boulder-based agency that designs and develops digital products that move the human race – products that are rooted in the conviction that they must matter. They must contribute. Everything HumanDesign crafts is guided by these ideals, and driven by an intense passion to put good into the world.

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