Silicon Valley celebrates Nerd New Year in Redwood City on 11/11/11

All the nerds and numerologists now are ready: the last binary date of the 21st century is today.

11/11/11 is quite a significant daty for many people all aver the world. Photo: johngineer/ Flickr

If you do believe in the power of the numbers, well, this day will be significant for you. This date may become a good start for something: new diet or exercise routine, perhaps. There is some logic to this: it may be a memorable date, because makes it easy to celebrate your profound change of direction in years to come.

Friday is also Veteran’s Day, of course, and thus imbued with significance. The First World War stopped at 11 a.m. local time on the 11th of November 1918. This, then, will be the first time the world has ever gathered to remember the fallen at a time when every last number on the clock — including the two-digit year — is 11.

Moreover, thousands of couple who are in love want to marry on such an unusual day. Las Vegas has been swamped with nearly 4,000 wedding applications. South Korea has seen a similar wedding situation — but in the delivery room, with expectant mothers demanding c-sections on the lucky date.

11/11/11 is a holiday for android fans: the release of the highly-anticipated Droid RAZR is to start today. Verizon Wireless shops will open at 11:11 a.m. to start selling the device. If you feel like taking a stroll from the phone store to the multiplex, you may be able to catch a screening of Saw director Darren Lynn Bousman’s new horror flick: 11/11/11.

Moreover, this date is interesting for programmers who think in binary code. A group of hackers has called it “Nerd New Year.” They’ll be lining the streets of Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley, for an outdoor hack-a-thon and party, including the countdown to Nerd New Year itself at 11:11 p.m.

In the electronics world, everything is based on a binary sequence, with 1s representing ON and 0 representing OFF.

“Once in a century, the calendar strikes 11/11/11 — and IT IS ON,” said organizer Adam Rifkin.

Instead of sitting in a windowless room coding or building things, these computer nerds will show in the daylight and take part in a friendly hack-a-thon, in which 100 percent of admission prices and raffle tickets will benefit 11 local charities.

“I just loved the idea of getting a bunch of people together in the spirit of hacking and nerdiness and partying, but then it all be for a good cause,” said one of the organizers, John Quaresma.

The supposed sum for each charity will make up approximately $10,000.

“Charities are really struggling in this bad economy, so that’s why we’re having this event,” Lisa Winter, who expects around 1,000 people, said.

The event will be held in a family friendly way with booths of nic-nacs and treats, a stage with live bands, food vendors from local restaurants, and even a bounce house for the kids.

The rules and scheme of the festival is written on the official site of the event:

The best part of the Event is it is ALL for charity. We have selected 11 Redwood City Charities and are requesting $11.00 donations from everyone in attendance. A team of volunteers have been collecting donations for prizes from local businesses, and with every $11.00 donation you will receive 11 raffle tickets entering you to win 1 of these over 111 great prizes. We will be holding drawings throughout the day and night, and for those that prefer to donate canned goods we will be happy to take them as well.

So, if you want to celebrate this magic date, hurry up! [Via Mashable and Nerdnewyear]

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