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Hackathon, Definitely not Evil

By Gideon6ix | Personal Thoughts | 16 Apr 2022


Hackathon, Definitely not Evil

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Originally published here: Medium

 

The word Hackathon seems like it may be something malignant- even my spellchecker hates it. It sounds like an event where evil hackers conspire to ruin your life. The truth is that a Hackathon is much more enthralling than you might expect. If you are a coder/developer/etc and don’t know what it is, then you are probably not a coder/developer/etc (my condolences.)

According to Joshua Tauberer, say that three times fast, a Hackathon is described as “any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems.” Historically, this type of event has event is referred to as a meeting. But, in the context of hacking, coding, and other web development- a new and more descriptive word was needed.

Hackathons have become a great source of finding new talent for tech companies. The Microsoft giant has happily hired winners of past Hackathons to be engineers. There is an excellent article on Medium by Jonathan Allen Grant to help people get involved in these events. Some notable websites to visit: DevPostMajor League Hacking (MLH), and Hackathon.io. Most events focus on innovation (of course,) sustainability, and connectivity.

I am not a hacker, coder, dev, or engineer, but I am so thankful these geniuses exist. They are critical to helping keep this world turning. Support your Local Coder!

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All the best,

Gideon 6ix

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References:

Joshua Tauberer's Homepage

Joshua Tauberer is a civic technologist in Washington, DC, USA.

joshdata.me

 

Hackathon Guide

These notes come from five successful years of Open Data Day DC and other civic hackathons that I've run, sponsored, or…

hackathon.guide

Jonathan Allen Grant - Medium

Read writing from Jonathan Allen Grant on Medium. I'm going on a road trip across the United States of America for…

medium.com

 

The 8 Best Websites to Find a Hackathon — The HackLife Guide 💾 💻🤓

In order to go to a hackathon, you have to apply to at least one.

medium.com

 

https://microsoftcaregh.com/2022/01/28/microsoft-student-hackathon-winners-get-hired-as-full-time-software-engineers/#:~:text=engineers%20at%20Microsoft-,Microsoft%20Student%20hackathon%20winners%20get%20hired%20as,time%20software%20engineers%20at%20Microsoft&text=Four%20undergraduate%20students%20teamed%20up,as%20full%2Dtime%20software%20engineers.

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