Fall is here, and so are plenty of events coming up that let you practice and showcase your developer skills, and there is no reason why you should not participate in any of the upcoming events. Here are some highlights:
Hands down, one of the biggest and most interesting competitions you can participate in. Whether you have your own team of students or not, you can compete to create a better world by building projects that fit the Millennium Development Goals criteria.
It's a worldwide competition too - people from all over the world sign up and the best teams get to be a part of the Worldwide Finals, and speaking from experience - it is one of the best experiences you'll ever go through.
This is an open hackathon, spanning from October 4th to October 6th. It is open to undergraduate students from all over the world, as well as high-school students (18 years age limit still in force). There are no restrictions in terms of the projects that can be developed - be that mobile apps, web services or robotics - anything computer-related is welcome, as long as you can implement it in 48 hours.
Same as HackMIT, MHacks is a 48 hour free-for-all hackathon (September 20th - September 22nd). Although currently it seems that all spots are taken, you could (and should) add yourself to the waitlist.
Although not as big as any of the events mentioned above, BoilerMake is still an event you should consider. It takes place at Purdue, and it's just 36 hours.
Have any other events you think students should attend this semester? Post your suggestions in the comments.