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2010 Fall Hack U


2010 Fall Hack U intro night presentation

2010 Fall Hack U intro night presentation

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  • 1. Welcome to Hack U
  • 2. Show off your hacks
  • 3. Hack judges
  • 4. Hack T-Shirts
  • 5. What’s our vector, Victor?
    • Hack for 24hrs
    • Break for food, sugar, caffeine, and conversations
    • Present your hack
    • Win!
    • Sleep like a victorious baby
  • 6. Nitty gritty
    • Up to 4 people on a team
    • 24hr coding period
    • IP & Code - you own it
    • Register your hacks:
    • Log into Yahoo! to edit your hacks later
    • Campus-specific details on the Hack U site:
  • 7. So, who is this “Hacker”?
  • 8.  
  • 9. A hack is a good idea brought to life
  • 10. And good ideas come from …
    • Noticing something broken and thinking of a fix
    • Building something you’d use yourself
    • Automating something you’re too busy to do manually
    • Finding a place where the world sucks and figuring out how to make it better
    • Paying attention to local trends: mobile, video, social, local, geo, gams, etc.
  • 11. A winning hack: InsiderTrades
    • What’s good about it?
    • Simple and good idea
    • Unique
    • Clean implementation
    • Free or open-source tech: PHP, HTML/CSS, cron, MySQL, YQL
  • 12. Hacking Strategies
    • Brainstorm, but converge quickly, and keep the best details of the rejected ideas handy
    • Scope the work so the end is in sight: set an easy goal, and an ambitious one.
    • Divide work by team member strengths.
    • Ask for help!
    • Minimize the amount of work by using free and open source tech.
    • Don’t forget to Ctrl+S!
  • 13. Demo Strategies
    • “ I swear it was just working...” - have a Plan B (screenshots, video, etc.)
    • No static slides - leave PowerPoint for marketing.
    • Practice your pitch a few times; make it easy on the ears, concise and funny.
    • Make a bang: demo what’s most exciting and cool about your project.
    • Tell us how you’d like the project to grow.
  • 14. Surely Yahoo! can help
    • Of course (but don’t call us Shirley)
    • Yahoo! free and open source projects
      • YUI
      • YQL
      • APIS: Flickr, Answers,, Fantasy Sports, Fire Eagle, GeoPlanet, Placefinder, Placemaker …
  • 15. Roger that, Roger? (translation: any questions?)