As announced on Slashdot, a 24 hour free software coding contest known as Hackontest will pit free and open source projects against one another. As of today there are 180 users 34 registered projects, including Sahana and OpenMRS, two of the projects that our summer internship program is supporting.
The goal of the Google-sponsored contest is “to enhance Free Software projects according to user needs and to make visible how enthusiastically open source software is being developed.”
Here’s how it works. Users and developers of FOSS submit, rate, and comment on submit feature requests. On August 1 a jury of well known FOSS contributors will pick the top three teams who will be flown to Zurich for the September 24/25 contest. The contest will be part of Open Expo, the Swiss conference and trade show for Free and Open Source Software. The teams will compete for 24 hours inside an etoyTANK, a hacking equipped cargo container, complete with pizza–of course. Visitors to the Expo will be able to observe the teams and the computer screens and team members will be able to communicate with virtual team members throughout the world, I guess. A total of $8500 in prizes will be awarded.
Sounds like fun!