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July 11, 2013 1:33 am

Jewish ‘Hackathon’ Planned for Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv

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JNS.0rg – Tel Aviv and California’s Silicon Valley will simultaneously hold the first Jewish-themed “hackathon,” called Friday Night Hack, from July 19-20. More than 120 hackers will participate in the 24-hour event, meant to show how open data can be used collaboratively and transparently.

In the event—supported by the Schusterman Philanthropic Network and Israel-based Hasadna – The Public Knowledge Workshop, and hosted in California in partnership with the innovation committee of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation—developers, designers, programmers, coders, and other software-development experts will work together to build applications for public use intended to strengthen Jewish communities in Israel and around the world.

“It is an amazing opportunity to bring together the innovation capitals of Tel Aviv and the greater Silicon Valley to hack for a good cause and to open up a flow of ideas between the innovation sector and the power, drive and creativity surfacing in the Jewish world,” said Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which is part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network.

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  • What a disgrace that this occasion is occurring over Shabbat.none of the various Shabbat attentive “programmers” will have the capacity to partake in this event.there is an accord around all the significant distinguished Jewish associations and religious streams that Shabbat is not openly desecrated.the Schusterman Foundation is the real funder of Hillel,aipac’s school program,roi group and different projects for junior Jewish grown-ups which all abstain from freely defiling the Sabbath.why this sudden break from the agreement?

  • Bob

    I don’t understand why Alegemeiner is supporting this event that requires participants to be mechalel shabbos.

  • michael jankelowitz

    What a shame that this event is taking place over Shabbat.None of the numerous Shabbat observant “hackers” will be able to participate in this event.There is a consensus among all the major recognized Jewish organizations and religious streams that Shabbat is not publicly desecrated.The Schusterman Foundation is the major funder of Hillel,AIPAC’s college program,ROI community and other programs for young Jewish adults which all refrain from publicly desecrating the Sabbath.Why this sudden break from the consensus?