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What is a Hackathon? (2014)

Because some people want to know. Also: http://hack.lehighvalleytech.org/
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Tim Lytle

on 2 April 2014

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Transcript of What is a Hackathon? (2014)

Hacking is Bad?
Mercenary Developer
Developer Evangelist
@tjlytle
Organizer - LVTech
Tim Lytle
- Eric S. Raymond (How to become a Hacker)
Many definitions, “most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits.”
Unique use of something. A quick or non-obvious solution to a problem. Combining or modifying things in an unexpected way.
This includes software, hardware, & everyday life.
What can you
“If only [this] did [that] like [that other thing].”
-- Someone Frequently
Just Combining Things
Problem
: I want your identity.
Limit
: Your password.
Try
Solve
Build
to see if it's possible.
you care about.
Hacker
Social Services
Location Services
Telephony Platforms
Geo Information
Payment Gateways
Hardware Platforms
“Hacked this together last night.”
“Grab the code and hack on it.”
“I hacked my tablet to do that.”
And
Hack?
What
Hacker?
An event bringing hackers together to build interesting things, learn about new technology, and share experiences.
What
ackathon?
is a
is
“...someone who can make a computer do what he wants - whether the computer wants to or not.”
- Paul Graham
“Ugly and imaginative solutions have something in common: they both break the rules.”
- Paul Graham
“Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it.”
- The Jargon File
Mentality
H
a
a
It's on the Internet,
It Must Be True
this one thing...
Okay, so for
that can’t be
The
Make?
a problem
something
the thing
done.
Some hacker
lingo.
For Example:
Problem
: Mom worries.
Limit
: She doesn't Foursquare.
Good Hack
Bad Hack
Who is this guy?
In case you only recognize people by their profile pics.
why do think
But people

Monthly Meetups
http://hack.lehighvalleytech.org
http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html
http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/meaning-of-hack.html
http://paulgraham.com/gba.html
#LVHack
Big Events!
Live Podcasts
Internal
20% Time
Hackathons
Facebook
Twitter
Foursquare
MapQuest
Nexmo
Twilio
Phaxio
Zillow
Yelp
Instagram
Stripe
PayPal
Pebble
Arduino
RasPi
Android
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