Whether it's your first or your fifteenth, each hackathon is a different, energy-draining, caffeine-consuming beast. After being on both sides of hackathons, here are four tips to unleash the badass in you at your first hackathon.
I'm hopeful that the next generation of technology leaders will course-correct; focusing their considerable brainpower on tackling the world's most complex social and environmental challenges with correspondingly complex innovations.
JJ Fliegelman was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania when he wrote his first-line of code in PennApps. Fast-forward four years later and JJ is the CTO of WayUp, a platform that connects college students with part-time, summer and entry-level job and internship opportunities.
With the demand for Computer Science (CS) graduates rising, a lot of CS students have a choice, whether to work for a big and established tech company or take the plunge in a startup or build your own startup.
The experience of a hackathon illustrates how entrepreneurship has become much more dynamic, fluid, and integrated. The climate is ripe for innovation, as there lots of opportunities to try things out, fail fast, collaborate, learn, and try again.
I've been covering what's now become the nation's largest challenge-based hackathon here in San Francisco, since its beginnings. This year's Accelerate Hackathon was the opening act to San Francisco's DeveloperWeek Conference and Festival.
The rapid growth of collegiate hackathons over just the last few years and the popularity of personal websites has converted the student resume from cardstock to LED. Any student now has the capability to complete and share their ideas with people all over the world.
As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.
If an alien visited a hackathon today, it would assume that the only creatures populating planet Earth were men simply because it wouldn't see any women or see so few that it probably wouldn't notice them in a sea of men.
Hacking culture has ushered in an era of creators, who prove their ability through what they build and know, not through their alma mater. These young creators are now entering the job market and changing the recruitment industry.
BeyondCurious proudly sponsored LA Hacks. We were excited about LA Hacks because we thought it would be a great opportunity to see some of the talent coming out of Southern California schools. We weren't disappointed!
With the need to advent new technologies that prioritize the queer community, it is important for LGBT advocacy organizations to stake a claim in this growing culture and embrace hackathons for several reasons.
Hackathons are generally about software programming, and the goal is to produce a working app or platform after a marathon coding session. Startup Weekends are about creating an online company (or nonprofit!), with working software plus a business model.