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Epson's Moverio BT-100 is one of the more hackable headsets thanks to its Android control box, but few developers have given it a good look. The company may have an incentive for those coders -- it's holding its first-ever Moverio hackathon on August 24th and 25th. Those who visit Epson's Long Beach headquarters on those days can design and pitch an augmented reality concept in hopes of winning a either $1,000 grand prize or one of two $500 runner-up awards. Space is very limited at just 50 slots, so you'll want to sign up quickly if you're interested. Whether or not you can attend, the hackathon is good news for Moverio owners that could soon get more use out of their $699 eyewear.

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Epson Hosting First Hackathon for Moverio Smart Glasses

What: For Android developers and designers who want to explore the most innovative and useful applications for cutting-edge augmented reality glasses, Epson is hosting a "See Smarter: Moverio Glasses Hackathon - Summer 2013" next weekend, Aug. 24-25 at its U.S. headquarters in Long Beach, Calif.
The event is free and open to any developer or designer who can provide a link to examples of their previous work.

A grand prize of $1000 will be awarded to the team that presents a concept or demo that best takes advantage of the Moverio platform. Two honorable mentions of $500 each will also be awarded. Epson will provide the venue, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, snacks as well as technical counsel and support.

How: Those interested in participating should visit http://hackmoverio.eventbrite.com
Space is limited.

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT

Where: Epson America, 3840 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, Calif.

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