Facebook To Host Windows 8 Hackathon

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook loves to run hackathons, where developers have 24 hours to come up with the best application possible. Earlier this year, Facebook managed World Hack, bringing together the best developers all over the world. Now Facebook HQ will host a hackathon for the Windows 8 platform in Menlo Park, Calif., this weekend.

Facebook wants to see what kinds of apps can be developed on the new Windows 8 platform. Starting at 6 p.m. PT Friday, developers will have until Saturday night to come up with something that will truly shine on Windows 8. Experts from Facebook and Windows will be on hand to answer questions, and prizes will be given to the winning developer teams.

Facebook explained the event on an Eventbrite page:

Don’t speak .NET? No problem. If you’re a Web programmer, you’ll be able to build native apps using HTML5 and JavaScript. Don’t have Windows on your laptop? Microsoft will provide tools to let you run Windows 8 on your machine. We’ll have sample apps and ideas to get you started, and tech sessions on Friday evening to bring you up to speed on the SDK and on Facebook’s APIs.

We’re excited to see what you all can build!

Event proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.

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