This weekend, TechCrunch attended a very cool event in San Francisco called the VetsInTech Hackathon. The teams at the event weren’t normal hackers, the majority of them consisted of Military Veterans, which as a nation, we are very appreciative of. Being Veterans Day, this event was perfectly timed.
Our own Jon Orlin described the entire event here, and how the team members went through “basic training.” Really interesting stuff.
I sat down with each team and heard about their ideas that they were coding away on. Just like any hackathon there was lots of Red Bull and a bit of beer:
After the teams presented to a panel of judges, the winners were announced. The winning team, Bugl.co, has built a cool messaging system with the Military in mind. It’s quite genius and I think it really has a chance of being adopted and taking off:
This event is important for a lot of reasons, specifically for networking and business-building for men and women who have spent time overseas and are looking for their next career move. I can’t wait to check out the next one.
If Bugl.co turns into an actual “company” they’ll be joining me at The Crunchies next January.
We salute all of the participants and the event’s organizers.