Hackers, hackathons, and you


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A quick summary of the modern definition of hackers, what a hackathon is, and why you should get involved

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  • Ask someone to define hackerFirst thing the average person thinks of – Hackers are badThey’re associated with computer security, more specifically breaking computer security to gain access to information
  • we’ve already narrowed down the field to candidates that are so passionate about their job they’d spend an extra day working for free
  • Hackers, hackathons, and you

    1. 1. How you can get involved,and why you would want toHACKERS, HACKATHONS, ANDYOU
    2. 2. Define: Hacker
    3. 3. Define: Hack “to cut or shape by or as if by crude or ruthless strokes” – Merriam-Webster In tech terms, to force-fit something into being usable for a task not intended by the original creator Something amazing created with a limited set of resources (time, information, hardware)
    4. 4. Re-Define: Hacker “Someone who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities” – Wikipedia Hacker Attributes:  Passionate  Hard working  Creative  Enjoys what they do
    5. 5. Hacker Values Creating software and sharing it with the community Placing a high value on freedom of inquiry Information sharing as both an ideal and practical strategy
    6. 6. So What is a Hackathon? Combination of Hack and Marathon Competition for teams to create “something” with a restricted set of resources Usually has one or more restrictions  Time  Subject (language, operating system, application, API, subject matter, demographic) Goal is to demonstrate an idea using software
    7. 7. Case Study: Facebook & Ford http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeUF5- PiRQY
    8. 8. Who Attends Hackathons? Hackers! Software developers, business analysts, designers, data analysts, marketers and others Passionate people who are excited to spend 8 or more hours at the event Anyone who’s interested in the competition
    9. 9. What Happens at a Hackathon? Morning Presentations  Review of the event constraints and expectations Coding, Coding, Coding Team Presentations  Each team demonstrates their ideas Socializing
    10. 10. Who Hosts Hackathons? Companies  Facebook, Ford, Google Applications  Yellow Pages API, Android, iOS Community Groups  HackDays.ca, iOS User Groups Governments  US Senate, City of Regina Charities  RNIB UK, Hacking Health
    11. 11. Case Study: ReinventNYC.gov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj2HKtOC Jpc
    12. 12. Why Should You Get Involved? As a Participant  Great way to meet people in your community  Opportunity to learn new technology in an encouraging environment  Chance to vet your business idea in front of peers and judges  Perfect time to focus and work on an idea
    13. 13. Why Should You Get Involved? As a Business  The perfect interview  A great way to get your name out there to passionate developers  A great way to test out your business ideas, or even get some new ones  Support the startup / bizdev community in Regina
    14. 14. How to get involved Watch local groups online for events  @OpenDataSK  @HackREGINA  regina-technology-community.ca Sponsor events  Hosts, location, food, prizes, advertising, etc.
    15. 15. Famous Hacks Things that have emerged from hackathons  The Facebook Like Button  The Facebook Timeline  NYC.gov  Tweak the Tweet (used during the Haiti earthquake)  Waterly.ca  OpendSpending.org  Fixstarter.com
    16. 16. Case Study: RNIB http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqshDNqY nXM