Cal Hacks 4.0: An Idea Exchange
If ever there is an event that epitomizes the entrepreneurial energy Berkeley SkyDeck encourages, Cal Hacks is it. Last weekend, the fourth iteration of this record setting, 36-hour student hackathon saw creators with both nascent and more mature projects build their dreams. The world’s largest event of its kind, Cal Hacks tempts 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students; the over 1,700 entrepreneurs who get in hail from 100 schools and five countries.
New to the extravaganza this year were CubStart, a program to make Cal Hacks more accessible to beginning hackers, as well as Continuation Projects, an initiative that makes more established entrepreneurs feel at home.
Berkeley SkyDeck again offered itself as a sponsor and source of industry mentors for these passionate, promising minds, in effect fostering the next generation of Founders and, quite possibly, the star of the next SkyTeam. Cal Hacks participants who pitched their projects to us received SkyDeck shirts and got to hear about the excitement we bring as Cal’s official accelerator.
SkyDeck Executive Director Caroline Winnett underscored the freedom the young entrepreneurs have, saying to an audience appearing even larger than last year’s crowd, “At Berkeley, we don’t think outside the box. At Berkeley, there is no box.”
Here’s to many more years of Founders exchanging ideas with us to transform realities for the better.
by Stephanie Kwok, Freelance Writer