Many of the participants used GameMaker by YoYo Games to create an app. A testimony to GameMaker Studio is that most who were using it were doing so for the first time – and of that group, some had no development background whatsoever! This was highlighted in the news coverage by KRNV Channel 4 as seen here:
Although the participants took the Hackathon seriously, the event was full of energy, prizes, and great networking. There was a variety among the attendees – students, entrepreneurs, moonlighters, and newbies. For a glimpse of what the journey was like, check out the news coverage by KTVN Channel 2:
The Microsoft licensing team in Reno demonstrated their logistical prowess which resulted in everything running smoothly. Special thanks to Bruno Terkaly and tech-celebrity Sarah Austin (with PlexiNLP) for contributing their technical mentorship to all!