Category Archives: Events

An Atypical Hackathon That Did It Right

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This weekend I attended a hackathon in Spokane, WA. In many ways it was the best hackathon I’ve attended this year, but compared to the typical hackathon of late it was all wrong. We were served pizza, sandwiches, and Costco muffins, rather than burritos, sliders, and artisan breakfast sandwiches. No beer was served. We couldn’t eat or drink in the room we were coding in. The organizer didn’t make a big deal of how much the participants could win, prizes were treated as afterthoughts. It was nothing like some of the hackathons I’ve attended recently. In fact, the participants were

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PHP Argentina Shows Tech Booming in LatAm

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I have fond memories of frameworks like PHPNuke and Mambo and clients who wanted me to build large subsets of the Internet, all in PHP. So it was an amazing experience for me to share time with seasoned PHP veterans, sharing their trails and tribulations, in Buenos Aires no less! All were ready to teach and learn, and thanks to the organizers, have a great time in an amazing city. And learn we did, with over 500 attendees from 15+ nationalities all coming together under the PHP banner. Two days of 50 quality (bilingual) talks, combined with packed halls, made

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Recognize Tiger Woods in Email Attachments

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I attended the On Deck Cup hackathon in NYC a couple of weeks ago and saw some of the most creative sports hacks. Two crowd favorites: a video app that would sync all the crowd sourced videos from a particular game, so any play can be seen from multiple different angles; an MMA betting application that would give you odds of winning through unusual attributes like who was smiling more during the weigh in. However, my personal favorite has to go to Jason Massih for his app Sports Recog. Jason wanted to create an educational tool that would allow other

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Dirty Socks and Technical Debt

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Last month I spent two weeks traveling to Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro with Geeks on a Plane Latin America. This was my second GOAP trip; my first was last year’s trip to Eastern Europe. GOAP is an amazing professional and personal experience and I highly recommend it to everyone. Once our group of geeks arrived in Mexico City, I discovered I forgot to pack socks, so the only pair of socks I had with me were the ones I had on my feet when I left home. Not a big deal, as I figured I’d

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Event to Watch: DevBeat 2013

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SendGrid’s Dev Rel and marketing teams have a busy schedule this fall. We just wrapped up the first ever Latin American leg of our SendGrid Delivered tour and are prepping to once again hack, mentor, and speak our way from coast to coast in the US and throughout Europe at a host of developer-focused events. To see where you’ll find us this month and next, check out our Events Calendar. But in the meantime, we want to highlight an upcoming event that we’re particularly excited about, DevBeat, hosted by our friends at VentureBeat. DevBeat Details DevBeat is right around the

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What’s in Your Hackathon Toolbox?

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We go to a lot of events, many of them hackathons. We’ve previously shared how to win and the principles of a killer hackathon demo. In this post, I want to equip you with the tools and ideas that will help you build something amazing at your next hackathon. As you read through this post, create a checklist and be sure to add in your own ideas, and if you don’t mind, please do share your own tips with us in the comments below. Goals & Purpose Spend a few minutes defining what you hope to achieve at the hackathon.

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A Day at a Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist

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I had a lot of experience participating at hackathons, but not too many participating as a Developer Evangelist. Last month’s API Hackday Denver edition was my first time representing SendGrid. I thought that the event, which took place at our Denver offices, would be an interesting glimpse into how the typical hack day goes by for us. 6am – Waking up! The day starts early at the hotel, wake up with my alarm clock set at 5:30, 5:45 and 6 to make sure I don’t oversleep. Shower, put some SendGrid clothes on (always an easy choice), pack my notebook, chargers,

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