The organizers of the Hack in the Box (HITB) security conference have announced that the upcoming HackWEEKDAY – the 24-hour software development hackathon that will run alongside the upcoming HITB event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – is supported by Microsoft, Facebook and Mozilla.On October 16-17, participants will get the chance to work on Facebook, Firefox OS, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 development projects.
Mozilla will award the winner with $1,337 (€990). The company is also prepared to hand out three Firefox OS phones. There are many other prizes, including iPad Minis, and a Nokia Lumia 1020.
A panel of judges from Microsoft, Facebook and Mozilla will review each of the entries. Teams from all the companies will be on site to assist developers.
“Mozilla is proud to be once again sponsoring HackWEEKDAY at the Hack In The Box security conference in Malaysia in October. The event is a chance for developers - both students and professional - to come together and prototype new apps and features for Firefox OS - security-related or otherwise,” said Paul Theriault, Firefox OS security lead.
“We want to build on the already strong community in the region and encourage the open-source community to support the future of the mobile web.”
Bear Douglas, developer advocate at Facebook, commented, “Applications for social good and community service are growing in popularity, and they're something we're very passionate about at Facebook.”
Douglas added, “Kuala Lumpur has one of the largest developer communities in Asia, so we're looking forward to seeing how the community uses Facebook and Parse to build out innovative new ideas.”
“Microsoft is thrilled to be a key partner in HackWEEKDAY as it is part of our vision to transform Malaysia together through technology,” noted Dinesh Nair, director of the developer platform at Microsoft Malaysia.
“As we transition into the App Economy, the Developer Ecosystem in Malaysia needs guidance, mentoring, training and a commercialization push to get these Apps out into the marketplace. Together, we hope to inspire these Developers and help them create an impact on this landscape. The time of the code warrior is here.”