I wrote about my entire hackathon experience with daily blog posts. Each post about a specific day was written before about midnight the day it happened, an the post-hackathon recap was posted 2 days after it happened.
Here’s an index to help you check the contents of each post in case you were more interested in specific aspects.
(Hint: Pre-Hackathon thru day 2 were about the process, day 3 was about the project, and post-hackathon was about lessons learned overall.)
My Original Posts
Pre-Hackathon - Written before I attended the hackathon, contains first thoughts when I had next to no pre-conceptions about what would happen.
- What I hope to do
- Why I want to do this
Hackathon Day 1 - This day didn’t consist of any coding, rather a first look at the sponsors and a first look at the other participants.
- Criteria for choosing projects
- Other notes (regarding project ideas generated and how people were divided in skill set)
Hackathon Day 2 - The day where the most activity happened at the hackathon and people ‘hacked’ the most. I briefly went over some ideas that were brought up again in the post-hackathon recap here.
- Lessons in handling hackathons
- Lessons in personal skill
- Lessons in the industry
Hackathon Day 3 - This post addresses our project idea itself, what work we did (most of our team work was on the last day), and my reflections on why I think we ended up placing 1st in a category.
- Settling on an idea
- Last minute scrambles (yay, technical details)
- Presenting the projects
- Post-win reflections
- Project links
Post-Hackathon - Written after I attended the hackathon and had time to process the ‘big ideas’ that I learned.
- Personal background
- Hackathons are win-win
- Play with cool toys and learn new things
- Networking and social atmosphere
- Ideas win
- Stick through to the end
- A community event
ZBRELLA’s article summarizes the other projects.
I’ve been told that video content will be available soon, too.
Nick and Kara - For working with me and making our mutual first hackathon an awesomely seized opportunity.
The Stamford Innovation Center - For hosting the hackathon and providing an awesome and cool venue.
Flowthings.io - For providing excellent support for us so we could finish our project.
Hugh Seaton and his team - For organizing the hackathon and allowing everything to run smoothly.
Damon Hernandez - For hosting the student meet-up and letting everyone play with the VR equipment he brought.