Tag Archive: Hackathon

  1. AngelHack
    by Jessica Schimm

    How to Win a Hackathon (Even If You Don’t)

    Hackathons are air-and-light deprived environments, where time and space are continually closing in. I can’t overstate the effect that having a great team had on my psyche.

    By Anne Gordon (Founder, Kinderloop)

    I am not your typical hackathon attendee. I am a woman, over 30, with kids, and not even two months ago, I was a criminal lawyer. Yes, I felt a bit out of place at a two-day festival of booze, computers, and testosterone. But I knew that as a non-technical startup founder, a win at a hackathon would give my nascent kid-tech company some credibility. I knew I’d need 1) a great team, and 2) support from some big players to make it to the grand prize: entrance to the AngelHack startup accelerator.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Angie Chang

    Finalist from Fashion Hackathon in NYC Shares 5 Lessons

    Hackathons are a a great learning experience – and a great bonding experience – and I’d encourage every founder to attend one. Don’t worry if you’re a non-technical founder; more than half the attendees at the fashion hackathon were as well.

    By Carrie Mantha (Founder & CEO, Indira)

    This past month, my co-founder and I participated in our first hackathon. I’d been intrigued by these events in the past but too intimidated to try them out until one came along that seemed to be made for me: The Decoded Fashion Hackathon presented by CFDA and Condé Nast.

    The intersection of fashion and technology is my passion: our startup is

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    by Angie Chang

    Visualizing the Future of Government

    I am struck by how new and potentially game-changing data visualization is for public servants.

    By Renee DiResta (Associate, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

    The future of government is one of increased transparency and collaborative problem-solving. What gets us there is creating a culture of participation, in which citizens across industries contribute their expertise to help solve our shared difficult problems.

    Last November, I participated in furthering open government at Code for America’s “Data Deathmatch” hackathon.

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    by Angie Chang

    A Hackathon Is A Microcosm Of A Startup (Everyone Hacks!)

    At my next hackathon, the biggest change I will make in my approach is to start with a more reasonable scope of project.

    By Alyssa Ravasio (Student, Dev Bootcamp)

    This weekend, I learned that a hackathon is a microcosm of a startup.

    Initially, both are just ideas. As much as you want to build the next Google, success requires scoping out a realistic project and executing extremely well.

  6. Web
    by Angie Chang

    How I Learned To Code

    It requires a commitment of putting your life on hold. It was a right time for me, because I had achieved enough proficiency that I knew I could build. Being able to do well at Hacker School has validated for me that I have been initiated to this path of software engineering.

    By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)

    Learning to code is one of the most empowering things that I’ve done and I’m thankful for learning it everyday. My journey started in January of 2011 when I signed up for a beginner web development class at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

    My motivation was mostly out of curiosity

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    by Angie Chang

    Hackathons, Climate Change And Women – Hacking For Cleantech

    The intention of creating a hackathon that combines climate change and mobile apps technology is to infuse a cause into the rebelliousness of the DC crowd around an issue that is gaining more financial traction: sustainability and climate change.

    By Stephanie Sheridan (Founder, IPAI L3C)

    Hackathons attract teams of ambitious developers, designers and biz dev-ers to compete in building a mobile app or solving a technical challenge within a specified time period

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    by Angie Chang

    Winning Startup Weekend Sofia With A Raspberry Pi

    We pulled off a killer demo during the final presentation for people to turn a normal light bulb on and off through their phones.

    By Bogdana Rakova (Computer Science Student, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski)

    Everything began last Friday evening when I pitched an idea related to hardware at the local Sofia Startup Weekend event. The first challenge was of course me being a woman, pitching an idea in front of so many people.

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Events: NFC Tapped Hackathons (New York, San Francisco And Boston)

    Connect with some of the most influential people in mobile and NFC at one of the upcoming TAPPED NFC Hackathons:

    Near Field Communications (NFC) is a technology that lets devices and things talk to each other. All you need to do to make something happen is to have two NFC devices touch, or tap. NFC is

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    by Angie Chang

    Winning 2nd At TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon For MaitreDeal

    I learnt the importance of setting MVP (minimum viable product) goals right at the start of the hackathon.

    By Priyanka Godbole (Product/UX Designer, Hipmunk)

    I participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon this year. My team won 2nd prize from Locu for iPad web app hack MaitreDeal.

    I did the design and frontend development, whereas Sai Shenoy (my husband and project partner) came up with the idea and did the backend.

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    by Angie Chang

    Hackathons Change Your Life. Seriously.

    The beauty of a virtual hackathon is that you can still have a life. No need to find childcare, reschedule your dentist appointment or not have time to grocery shop. A virtual hack is all about hacking in your free time!

    By Agnes Lam (Founder, CoderCharts) & Pamela Day (Founder, PocketScience Labs)

    I know that might sound a bit dramatic, but it is true. Ask anyone who has participated and you will discover that it is like nothing else.

    A group of people, often strangers, coming together to make something from nothing, solving problems, working together, pushing their skills – improving their skills, and having a blast.

    It can be a bit frustrating if you live outside of a geography which provides a constant stream to choose from. The solution? A virtual hackathon!

  12. by Angie Chang

    Code For Oakland: The Most Diverse Hackathon Ever

    Hackathons have always been creative. They remind me of spontaneous music jams – only instead of drummers and saxophonists, we gather as product managers, UI designers and coders.

    By Romy Ilano (Founder, Snowyla)

    Sometimes people ask me why I go to so many hackathons… “Isn’t it a lot of work?” I just laugh, because I feel like this is such fun to me. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend meeting smart, passionate people pushing forward to make stuff for the world to use? This is fun!

    Nowadays hackathons have diversified, and there are Government 2.0 hackathons. Yes, government!

    Code for Oakland celebrated its second year this July, and it was one of a new breed of Government 2.0 hackathons