Facebook, Open Compute Project Set Hardware Hackathon June 18

Facebook and the Open Compute Project will hold a hardware hackathon at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, June 18, at noon PT, with the winners receiving up to $10,000 in seed funding and mentoring to groom their idea for pitching to venture capitalists.

Facebook and the Open Compute Project will hold a hardware hackathon at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, June 18, at noon PT, with the winners receiving up to $10,000 in seed funding and mentoring to groom their idea for pitching to venture capitalists.

GigaOM announced the news of the hackathon, adding that the winners would also get stage time at its GigaOM Structure conference in San Francisco the next day.

According to GigaOM, the hackathon will be limited to about 100 participants, and registration is currently open.

John Kenevey, technical evangelist for Open Compute and program manager at Facebook, told GigaOM that unlike software hackathons, which often result in finished products, he expects entries in this hackathon to be rough, adding that they will be judged based on design completeness, applicability to scaled-out computing, and probability of funding, with venture capitalists and angel investors involved in the voting.