Hardware innovation is not often viewed as sexy, yet it can lead to massive changes in the data center. The Open Compute Project continues to support and encourage breaking down barriers of traditional thinking about IT equipment. To that end, the group is sponsoring its second Hardware Hackathon on June 18 at the GigaOM Structure conference.
The winner will earn a $10,000 prize, if it’s best positioned to become a venture-backed startup. (Or if the winner would rather not receive the funding, the foundation will issue a patent for the winning hack in the winners name.) In addition to the prize money, the Open Compute Foundation is partnering with a team of angel investors and venture capitalists who will work with the individual to formulate the initial idea into a business plan.
Winners will present their hacks and receive their prizes on stage at GigaOM Structure on June 19.