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FSU Students Get Their Hack On

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Mar 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-20 13:04:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Students at Florida State University or preparing for their tech futures 1 hour at a time in the 2nd Annual HackFSU Hackathon. 

Hackathons is the newest wave in technology start-ups. It's not about breaking into computer systems or network. It's an opportunity for the students to use their minds and most importantly their resources to develop anything from mobile apps to computer programs.

The HackFSU organizers told ABC27 the word hack has a negative connotation following recent data breaches; however, the word hack to the team has an alternate meaning.

Christian Espinosa explains, "Hack means prototype, ideas. Hack means to use other resources to build something larger. So literally hacking into something else to build something."

The lead coordinator of HackFSU said the event is an opportunity for students interested in technology to learn and grow. 

"What winds up happening, is sometimes, students don't know their own abilities or how to use their skills outside of class. And there's all the connecting and networking that goes along with it too," said Matt O'Hagan.

HackFSu is 30 hours long and starts Friday night at 9 p.m. Pariticpants will work non-stop around the clock to develop their greatest hack, which will displayed at the closing ceremony.