HackU-2 is a local and regional college coding and game design competition on February 6 and 7, 2014, Hosted by Dominion Enterprises in downtown Norfolk, VA.

Students will be tasked with building, designing, developing a game or app. They will get a chance to explore game thinking, game mechanics in game and non-game contexts to engage users in entertainment or even solving problems. Students will be lead by small group of 2-3 coaches.  Coaches are current working professional provided by Dominion Enterprises own staff. Students are sure to have a great experience learning and interacting with working professionals in a fun and explorative setting.

Teams can build whatever they would like be it a web app, website, native mobile app, the list goes on. The idea of what is developed should be based on a game or have some win/lose, award, completion, or competition type factor. If it is a more utility type application it could include only gamification. Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users. For example, Foursquare is an app that allows people to ‘check in’ at a locations. After frequent ‘check ins’ the user is awarded a status of ‘mayor’ for that location. That is the essence of gamification. On the other hand if you’d like to build a race car game you could do that as well. Both applications would qualify. Keep in mind to win the top prizes use of Appcelerator is required.

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