While I didn’t have a clear output to show for my efforts, I made the complexity of the task apparent. I got to know the people working on projects in the same room. Most importantly, I became inspired to learn more about CSS3.
By Veronica Ray (Senior, Duke University)
I’m a rising senior at Duke majoring in Public Policy.
I took my first Computer Science class this past spring and did web development over the summer for Y Combinator startup Jellyfish Art in San Francisco. This fall I’m taking a class on iOS development and another on web application development. I was hired as a part time web developer for Jellyfish Art for the upcoming school year. I will return to the Bay Area when I graduate.
My first hackathon was iOSDevCamp at PayPal/Ebay headquarters on July 20-22, 2012.
Foodspotting, the leading app for rating dishes at restaurants, made its first public debut at iPhoneDevCamp 2009 when Alexa Andrzejewski pitched the idea in search of co-founders and won Best Social App. This year, Alexa returned and led her team, including Foodspotting’s own IOS developers, to win “Best Open Source,” a top honor at iOSDevCamp 2012, for FilterKit. She shares her experience & tips for making the most of hackathons, especially as a non-developer, below.
eBay’s women in tech group is sponsoring tickets to women who enjoy coding or designing iOS apps.
By Jennifer Holmes (Organizer, iOSDevCamp 2012)
“Women in Tech” could mean a variety of different women, from the serious coder to the UI designer to the CEO.
Although occasionally women are in short supply in the engineering department, we are working hard to change that across the board. iOSDevCamp has always had good diversity in its attendees – and now it’s about to get a whole lot better.
eBay’s Women in Technology group is sponsoring free tickets to any women who enjoy coding or designing iPhone/iPad apps.
By Anna Billstrom (Developer, Momentus Media)
I occasionally spend an entire weekend, almost 24 hours in the day, hunkered over my computer in a fluorescent room, amongst others also lit by the back glow of their MacBooks. I can’t really explain this to non-technical friends and family. It’s San Jose, it’s July, it’s sunny… what exactly is the desire to continue working all weekend?
What seems so obvious to me, is that we are like crazy scientists or inventors in our castles, making Frankenstein. So of course we’re going to work all night, every night, because we’re so goddamn eager.
By Sophia Perl (Producer, PicPredict)
A fellow iOS developer buddy of mine told me about iOSDevCamp, so I decided to register and check it out. The hackathon follows a similar format of a Startup Weekend:
- Friday night –- networking, idea pitches, some teams form.
- Saturday -– teams done forming, hack hack hack.
- Sunday — hack, submit, present your hack.
The big difference between iOSDevCamp and Startup Weekend is that iOSDevCamp focuses on progressing the iOS