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Earlier today, Dylan Field (Brown U), Paul Kernfield (Brown U), Christophe Van (Harvard) and a other awesome students helped Microsoft NERD pull of the 1st annual New England Collegiate Hackathon 2011! We had over 200 students register at http://nech2011.com and about 120 students showed up! Not a bad turnout…

Students arriving

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Dylan kicking it off smoothly!

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Doing my Imagine Cup spiel:

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Students from numerous schools doing their ideas/pitches!

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Time to form/find teams!

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Microsoft’s Jesse Liberty talks to the group about developing for Windows Phone!

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Students breakout into groups to start hacking away…

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Microsoft’s Jim O’Neil does an awesome tech talk session on Cloud Computing and Azure…

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Mike Burns from thoughtbot talks about Android development.

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Thom Goodsell and Monika Adamczyk from CrisisCamp Boston speaks to the crowd about technology in times of Crises…

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Get hacking!

On a separate note, I chipped my front tooth on one of the tables in the Conference Center! Going to visit the dentist in the morning. Hope to make it back for the final projects and judging! #FAIL…

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Looking forward to what these students will create! It’s 12:49a and I’ll walk around to see how things are going. Another post soon…