Announcing Hack Cyprus 2012: Software Engineers Launch First Hackathon in Cyprus

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As part of a wider effort to spur innovation, creativity and technological entrepreneurship in Cyprus, on 1st September 2012, three young Cypriot software engineers are launching the first ever hackathon weekend in Cyprus. With over 80 people already registered, this 32 hour event looks set to showcase a new wave of technological collaboration and inspiration on the island.

Hack Cyprus 2012
Our aim is to encourage those active in technology to collaborate together in order to create and develop, as we believe innovation and entrepreneurship are all about connecting people with the right ideas.

For most people, hacking is a scary word - it has been synonymous with security breaching, fraudulent interventions and identity theft for a long time now.

For some though, hacking has a different meaning altogether. "Hacking is creating, building, trying, breaking, fixing or making something awesome. We live and breathe technology, and apply it every day to solve problems and make someone's life a little bit easier.", says Alexis Michael, one of the organisers.

This is what led the organisers of Hack Cyprus 2012 to design and organise the first weekend-long hackathon in Cyprus. A hackathon is a technology-focused event where developers, designers and ideators collaborate intensively over the period of 24-48 hours in order to create projects and see their ideas come to fruition.

Hack Cyprus 2012 is an initiative that was set up by three young Cypriot software engineers based in London, all members of the Cypriot Enterprise Link, a new youth-led organization with the aim of promoting, encouraging and connecting Cypriot entrepreneurs in Cyprus and abroad.

Starting at 9:30 am on Saturday the 1st September 2012 and lasting for approximately 32 hours, Hack Cyprus 2012 will involve 80 people working together in teams at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, building hacks and developing prototype implementations of their ideas.

Explaining a little more about the event format, Alexis says: "Our aim is to encourage those active in technology to collaborate together in order to create and develop, as we believe innovation and entrepreneurship are all about connecting people with the right ideas."

On the Sunday afternoon, following the completion of the hacking session, the teams will present their ideas and the best ones will receive prizes.

The event has also been supported by companies and organisations with an interest in innovation and technology including CYTA, Cyprus University of Technology, Curveball, Microsoft Cyprus, Vryonidou & Savvidou Law Firm, peopleperhour.com, SNQ Digital, Cocoon Creations, Pusher, EDITD, teleportd, JPP Marketing, Mythos and Cosmos Trading.

With tickets to the event sold out, Hack Cyprus 2012 promises to be a landmark event, paving the way for technological entrepreneurship, creativity and collaboration on the island.

About Hack Cyprus 2012
The event is open to anyone interested in technological entrepreneurship, and to all those curious enough to want to learn more about it. For more information, visit http://hackcyprus.com or follow @hackcyprus on Twitter.

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