We wanted to let you know about two cool hackathons Factual is co-sponsoring this weekend!

First up is data in sight: making the transparent visual, a hands-on data visualization competition taking place in San Francisco on June 24-26. The competition is open to coders, programmers, scientists, and anyone else with a passion for bringing data to life. The hacking begins on Friday, and during the weekend there will be talks presented by data visualization experts Benjamin Wiederkehr (Interactive Things) and Thomas Castro (LUST). Awards will be presented on Sunday for winning projects in a variety of categories. Factual is proud to be a co-sponsor, as well as the designated data API platform for the competition.

And on Saturday, Factual is co-sponsoring Web Mining Hack Day. Spearheaded by the awesome folks at Diffbot, the 12-hour event is a chance for developers and data enthusiasts to hack, network, eat free pizza, and learn about a bunch of new semantic technologies and open APIs. Every participating team at the hackathon will be given a FREE $50 Amazon Web Services voucher, and prizes will be awarded to the app that best combines data and web mining APIs with a great product idea.

Here are the details for both events:

data in sight
June 24-26, 2011
Adobe Systems, Inc.
601 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-4907
(Go here to register.)

Web Mining Hack Day
June 25, 2011, 1:00 PM – June 26, 2011, 2:00 AM
AOL Building
395 Page Mill
Palo Alto, CA 94306

So if you’re in the area, love data, and in the mood to hack, stop by one (or both!) of these terrific hackathons! (And yes, representatives from Factual will be at both events.)

Hope to see you there!

Grant Nestor
Community Manager