By: Caitlin,

We are less than two weeks away from the Old MacDonald Hackathon (going down on December 1-2), and we’ve chosen a great group of judges for the event. All veterans in their own right, these three are out to lend their judgement and reward those who display innovation, skill and creativity.

The Judges

Gary Chou | GM at Union Square Ventures Network

Over the past 10+ years, Gary has held product development and design positions at Trilogy,, and Cisco, building web applications for both consumers and enterprise customers. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University where he also studied Computer Science, and Photography.


Geoff Wood | COO at Silicon Prairie News (SPN)

Working to increase the notability of the Silicon Prairie region, Geoff and his team have helped build Iowa as an innovation center and startup hub. In addition to putting out the premier technology publication in the area, the SPN team also produces The Big Series (Big Des Moines, Big Omaha and Big Kansas City) a trio of events on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Geoff has co-founded several startups, including VolunteerLocal, Eggcrates, and CampusAuthority. He earned a B. Sc. from Iowa State University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Jeremie Miller | co-founder of Singly

Jeremie Miller is co-founder of Singly, founded in 2011 as the app social connection platform that empowers today’s best developers. Outside of Singly, he is an advisor to other startups and spends time with his wife and three boys. Prior to Singly, Jeremie was working with various startups assisting on large scale data engineering and architecture, including leading Wikia Search with Jimmy Wales.

Jeremie is best known as the inventor of the widely-used Jabber/XMPP open source protocols for instant messaging, and he was the primary developer of jabberd 1.0, the first XMPP server. He began developing the software from his home in Cascade, Iowa.


Ben Milne | founder of Dwolla

He builds stuff in Des Moines.

More updates to come…

Keep checking the blog for more updates in regards to prizes, entertainment, and all that is the Old MacDonald Hackathon. We still have a few more spots open, and tickets are moving fast (in case you forgot, we are giving away a cow). Secure your spot and register for your free ticket as soon as possible!

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Make sure to follow @MacDonaldHack on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all announcements before and during the hackathon.

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