The gdgt crew is hosting the official CE Week kickoff event next week, and the T-shirts and iPhone cases are gonna fly. Betabeat is a sponsor for this free event at the Altman Building that mixes a bit of boozing, a bit of schmoozing and a bit of trade show, as the only CE Week event that’s open to consumers. The crew also already bequeathed the equivalent of $3,500 to a lucky local startup (Marquee.tv) in the form of a silver sponsorship. There will be hordes of “amazing gear” to win in contests at the event. The show is all ages—that means soda pop for you, under-21 kid. RSVP here.
Brought to you by the folks at Startup Bus comes a new challenge: 30 hackers. 36 hours. 900 miles. Imagine that being read by Don LaFontaine, and tell me you’re not excited, even if you’ve got a case of hackathon fatigue. The hackathon is sponsored by Intel, which means the prizes will be fiiine–so far $10,000 cash has been announced. Says Justin Isaf, who captained the New York bus hackathon last spring and now spends his days community managing at The Huffington Post: “NYC really delivered on the StartupBus to SxSW. We need someone to go defend that reputation and keep kicking some Silicon Valley rear end.”