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Cornell university hackathon information session, in conjunction with eBay university recruiting (November, 2012)

Cornell university hackathon information session, in conjunction with eBay university recruiting (November, 2012)

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  • Difficulty of integration, innovation of the project, best use of products (such as eBay) and the usefulness of the hack
  • First place winner from Geogria Tech was: kinect / video hack for in-video product placements and purchases
  • Second place winner from Georgia Tech: Chrome extension to search for eBay products from raw images
  • Third place winner from Georgia Tech: eBay product based Price is Right guessing game
  • Makerbot hack: They took a piece of toast and loaded the syringe with peanut butter, then the machine would print a picture on the toastCake hack: They tied LED lights in the form of faces on the cake. They were controlled by a program that would look at a link saved to Delicious and determine whether the site content was happy, sad, neutral or angry, then light up the appropriate face.
  • Katamari browser hack: - basically allows you to create a Katamari ball on a webpage and start picking up content on the page itself.
  • Use any tools available to you – jQuery, libraries, frameworks, anything to give you a leg up
  • Bad stuff happens – the last hour before the hackathon ends usually causes the most problems
  • Don’t wait until the end of the night to work on the tough problems – it’ll take you longer and be more difficult due to sleep deprivation
  • Introduce the team that can help throughout the hackathon


  • 1. Cornell Hackathon Info Session Everything you need to know Jonathan LeBlanc Developer Evangelist (PayPal) Twitter: @jcleblanc Github:
  • 2. Syllabus: Thursday Info Session 5:00pm – 6:00pm Technical hacks and overview 6:00pm – 7:00pm Present your ideas and find teams
  • 3. Syllabus: Fri – Sat Hackathon Friday Saturday 5:00pm – End of 1:00pm - 4:00pm Event Hack Presentations Hack registration 4:00pm - 5:00pm 5:00pm (Friday) - Judge Deliberation, Winners 12:00pm (Saturday) announced and closing Hacking! words.
  • 4. What We Look For Difficulty Innovation Product Use Usefulness
  • 5. Hardware Hacks
  • 6. Extensions
  • 7. Games
  • 8. Something Different
  • 9. Something Fun
  • 10. Fail Early“I have not failed. Ive justfound 10,000 ways that wontwork.” - Thomas A. Edison
  • 11. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
  • 12. Backup Your Code!
  • 13. Hack the Hard Problems First"The brain regions that are impaired when you aresleep-deprived are the same ones that are impairedwith aging,” - Todd Maddox
  • 14. Who can help?
  • 15. Thank You! Any Questions? Jonathan LeBlanc Developer Evangelist (eBay) Twitter: @jcleblanc Github: