Minnesota developers, coders and engineers will soon have a new outlet to collaboratively ideate and execute when weekly ‘hackathons’ pick up again beginning Wednesday, August 3rd, at the new CoCo in downtown Minneapolis.
“Whether an apprentice or a master, we’ve set aside a time and place where creative thinkers and doers of all levels can meet regularly and see their ideas come to life by sharing information, inspiration, tips and tricks alongside other like minds from within the Minnesota tech & creative community,” says CoCo resident manager Garrio Harrison.
The recurring weekly event is picking up where it left off last week in CoCo’s St.Paul spot, having hosted over 25 consecutive gatherings of a similar nature. “From 7pm to midnight every Wednesday, the doors are open to drop in and share whatever you’re working on, or start something new with someone new.”
“Initially I had the idea when we were working in St. Paul, where we started these weekly social building events six months ago,” Harrison says. “All types of people would come by — many after their day jobs — to meet peers, work on side projects, talk shop and develop products. We received a lot of positive feedback and saw some real results. Knowing how many people have been anticipating the opening of CoCo Minneapolis, it should be even bigger now.”
The fruition of CoCo’s hackathons represents an organic and collaborative effort in and of itself; CoCo is providing the space and amenities, Harrison’s consulting firm doublethink is doing most of the heavy lifting and partnering with design firm KNOCK for the project’s branding. First quarter food and beverage are provided by Livefront and TECHdotMN is serving as the media sponsor.
As a theme, social building actually has dual meanings, according to Harrison. “Ultimately, we see it as a way to give Minnesota’s hackers a space to play together while also providing some direction and relevancy to greater needs within our community,” he says. “We’ll be working on integrating some structure for those who are looking to solve real-world problems.”