The NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017 hackathon took place this past weekend, and my team won first place for our location!
The event was a great opportunity to learn about invasive species, dance to really loud electro-pop music that may or may not still be stuck in my head, and build a product to help the local ecosystem.
This past weekend I participated in PolyHacks 2017, a hackathon at Florida Polytechnic University.
Since I’d always participated in teams in previous hackathons, I wanted to go solo this time around. I only had 24 hours to hack–without others working on the project with me, it meant that I should stick to a smaller project, use a language I’d worked with before, and do all my homework (i,e, come up with design specifications, research the frameworks, and create a reference sheet — everything except for actually coding) beforehand. (more…)
Note: Photos 2, 3, and 5 were taken from the official BoilerMake photo gallery.
I’m freshly back from Purdue University in Indiana, where I attended BoilerMake IV, a 36-hour hackathon.
What a weekend — six hundred hackers got together in two of the school’s spacious gyms to code up projects, make new friends, and win prizes.
In addition to this being my first hackathon, it was also my first time seeing what life was like at a “real” (read: population bigger than 800) college. Although there were some headache-inducing moments, I had a blast and will definitely be on the lookout for more hackathons to go to in the near future. (more…)