The Prizes At Next Week’s GROW Hackathon Are Kind of Ridiculous

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Next week’s GROW Conference in Whistler is all set to be a great experience revolving around the “connected city,” and Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. And the perks for joining have just made the offering a lot better.

It’s hackathon, called #GrowHack2, will challenge its participants to “make Whistler the smartest, most connected resort destination in the world. The work you do over the two-day hackathon could end up implemented by the City of Whistler to make this resort a global showcase for IoT innovation and cities of the future.”

Over two days, designers, developers, project managers and engineers will collaborate with restaurateurs, civic administrators, hoteliers, retailers, and resort operations.

The prizes were only just recently announced, and they’re over-the-top to say the least. Who doesn’t love winning, asked GROW.

FIRST PLACE – $10,000 cash prize

  • $10,000 in cash, sponsored by TELUS
  • The winning team will have a spot in the Wavefront Venture Accelerator Program for 6 months (value of $12,000)
  • Opportunity to network with GROW Conference’s very-important-people at the invite-only VIP Dinner (7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Access to the Official GROW After Party (9:00pm-11:30pm), partying at Buffalo Bills in Whistler Village with all of the other GROW Conference attendees.

SECOND PLACE – Whistler Prize Pack!

THIRD PLACE – Let’s celebrate!

  • A round of drinks at Milestones (value of $40), courtesy of Guusto Gifts
  • Access to the Official GROW After Party (9:00pm-11:30pm), partying at Buffalo Bills in Whistler Village with all of the other GROW Conference attendees.

Product Prize – Recon Instruments & Oakley

  • Teams developing on the Recon platform using Oakley goggles are eligible to win four Snow2-equipped Oakley Airwaves!

Product Prize – Mojio

  • Teams that utilize the Mojio API are eligible to win a year of service AND unlimited access to their developer evangelist, Govind Dandekar.

We definitely think that people should just gun for second place.

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Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk previously has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.