US: UrtheCast is now a sponsor of Devpost’s Sparkathon — a Big Data hackathon powered by IBM Bluemix, with $30,000 in prizes up for grabs. Global online competition is a platform for software developers and data engineers build weather apps using climatic data and IBM’s new spark-as-a-service offering, Analytics for Apache Spark. Bluemix’s new Spark service allows devs to analyze data using Jupyter notebooks written in Python or Scala, and connect to common data sources like SWIFT and Cloudant. All participants receive extended Bluemix support for their apps for the duration of the hackathon, including 5GB of object storage.
Submissions are due by January 20. For more information or to register, check out sparkathon.devpost.com.