Hack The Bern, Powered by AngelHack: The First Hackathon in Support of Bernie Sanders is Declared A Huge Success

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Winning Project, Bernie 360 to be Implemented in Bernie Sanders Campaign

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Bernie 360 with Zach Schneider, Director of Tech for Bernie Sanders, and Thomas Gilroy of NY for Bernie.

"This was really cool, and I like that you were realistic about how it can spread beyond people who have VR gear"

On April 9th - 10th, 2016 AngelHack in collaboration with Zach Schneider, Director of Tech for Bernie Sanders, and Thomas Gilroy of NY for Bernie held Hack The Bern; a hackathon to help create technology for Bernie’s grassroots campaign, while innovating new solutions for political engagement. The winning app is set to be implemented in the foreseeable future.

Bernie 360, the winning team, produced a virtual reality app that allows users to see 3D visualizations to bring them into the middle of a Bernie Sanders rally, without having to leave the house. How it works: it's made up of 14 GoPro HERO4s’ arranged to record two simultaneous 360 videos that allow for stereoscopic 3D playback no matter which direction the user looks. This application can be used with an Oculus rift, or other VR goggles, making it easily accessible to the public as VR is quickly gaining popularity. For more screenshots of Bernie 360, please visit Bernie 360 on hackathon.io.

“This was really cool, and I like that you were realistic about how it can spread beyond people who have VR gear, “ said, Anthony Ha, Senior Writer and Judge at Hack the Bern.

Pictured is the Bernie 360 team with Thomas Gilroy, and Zach Schneider. From left to right is Thomas Gilroy, NY For Bernie, Jeffery Zitelli, Bernie 360 developer, Kent Rahman, Bernie 360 designer, Dre Smith, Bernie 360 developer, and Zach Schneider, Director of Tech for Sanders.

The second runner up was “You Got Berned,” an app that allows users to share their love for Bernie and educate friends and family on his position in a fun and social way.

For more information on the Hack the Bern hackathon, or AngelHack contact Kelsey Ruiz at (415) 754-0261 or email her at kelsey(at)angelhack(dot)com.

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