Category Archives: Events

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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How I Explained Hackathons to My Parents

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As a developer evangelist, I end up attending a lot of hackathons. I have a ton of fun at these events, helping attendees get their apps working and writing code of my own. My parents were very excited to learn about SendGrid and what Developer Evangelism is, but telling my parents, that “I love going to hackathons” elicited a more alarmed response. You what?! I love going to Hackathons. They’re one of the most fun parts of my job! Getting to hack on things with other developers is rewarding and I always get to learn something new. But, honey, hacking

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My First Major Hackathon

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I have attended many hackathons, both as a participant and an evangelist. But before earlier this month, I hadn’t been to one like this. PennApps is renowned. It started with just 17 teams in the fall of 2009. This event has over 1,000 people. I’m sitting in the beautiful Palestra basketball arena at the moment, and the hackers are starting to file in. Great basketball games have been played here, and now great hacks will be demonstrated. Some of these hacks will go on to become the next great startups. Over 200 teams are pitching and demoing their hacks. Judges

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