Geeks doing good: Coming weekend abounds with cool stuff in Silicon Valley

OK, it’s Monday, which of course means you’re already looking forward to the weekend. Here’s a trio of interesting things happening in greater Silicon Valley – where, every now and then, people think about stuff besides how to land the next billion dollars.

If you’ve always wanted to build a health-tech startup, you should drop by Palo Alto Friday through Sunday for Prebacked Health. Industry experts and investors will pitch startup teams on problems they’d be willing to fund solutions for.  Teams have two days to build and demo their ideas, and investors will then decide if the product/team has disruptive potential (and will pull out their checkbooks).

Further north, there’s an all-night charity hack-a-thon going down Sunday evening in San Francisco, where teams of developers will create mobile fund-raising apps for 10 charities. Appcelerator, host of the CODESTRONG mobile developers conference, hopes to raise $500,000 for the nonprofits, which include Special Olympics and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

And, if you find yourself in Santa Cruz, get thee to TechRaising, where 100+ developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other tech (and non-tech) types will gather to help foster Surf City’s startup culture. Startups launched at previous events have included a micro-gifting service to help veterans and a tool that lets companies track the ecological footprint of their supply chains.


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