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2010 Fall Hack U intro presentation


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This is the slide deck used in the introductory talk for the Fall 2010 Hack U series

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2010 Fall Hack U intro presentation

  1. 1. Welcome to Hack U
  2. 2. You hack
  3. 3. You present
  4. 4. We ruminate
  5. 5. You win
  6. 6. What’s our vector, Victor? <ul><li>Hack for 24hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Break for food, sugar, caffeine, and conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Present your hack </li></ul><ul><li>Win! </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep like a victorious baby </li></ul>
  7. 7. Nitty gritty <ul><li>Up to 4 people on a team </li></ul><ul><li>24hr coding period </li></ul><ul><li>IP & Code - you own it </li></ul><ul><li>Register your hacks: </li></ul><ul><li>Log into Yahoo! to edit your hacks later </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule on the Hack U site: </li></ul>
  8. 8. So, who is this “Hacker”?
  9. 10. A hack is a good idea brought to life
  10. 11. And good ideas come from … <ul><li>Noticing something broken and thinking of a fix </li></ul><ul><li>Building something you’d use yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Automating something you’re too busy to do manually </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a place where the world sucks and figuring out how to make it better </li></ul><ul><li>Paying attention to local trends: mobile, video, social, local, geo, gams, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Examples
  12. 13. Shazel <ul><li>Anonymous, collaborative sound generation </li></ul><ul><li>1st place, CMU, Fall 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>2 person team </li></ul><ul><li>HTML5 canvas, Web sockets, Node.js </li></ul><ul><li>Live demo allowed audience to participate </li></ul>
  13. 14. Regex Battle <ul><li>Asteriods-like game where the goal is to build a given regular expression by shooting flying characters. </li></ul><ul><li>1st place, UW, Spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Websockets + SVG + self-recorded sound effects == awesome </li></ul>
  14. 15. Rock My World <ul><li>iPhone app that displays local concerts </li></ul><ul><li>1st place, UC San Diego, Spring 2010 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Search Wars <ul><li>Identify the most popular site-specific search terms against an opponent. </li></ul><ul><li>Live demo </li></ul><ul><li>1st place, UT Austin, Spring 2010 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Hacking strategies <ul><li>Brainstorm, but converge quickly, and keep the best details of the rejected ideas handy </li></ul><ul><li>Scope the work so the end is in sight: set an easy goal, and an ambitious one. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide work by team member strengths. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help! </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize the amount of work by using free and open source tech. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to Ctrl+S! </li></ul>
  17. 18. Demo Strategies <ul><li>“ I swear it was just working...” - have a Plan B (screenshots, video, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>No static slides - leave PowerPoint for marketing. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your pitch a few times; make it easy on the ears, concise and funny. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a bang: demo what’s most exciting and cool about your project. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us how you’d like the project to grow. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Surely Yahoo! can help <ul><li>Of course (but don’t call us Shirley) </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! free and open source projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YUI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YQL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>APIS: Flickr, Answers,, Fantasy Sports, Fire Eagle, GeoPlanet, Placefinder, Placemaker … </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 20. Hack resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 21. Roger that, Roger? (translation: any questions?)