Category Archives: Events

How to Win a Hackathon (or Increase Your Odds)

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Though I am a new SendGrid developer evangelist for Latin America, before landing the job I attended a lot of hackathons. That track record was a big part of me getting the job. I have competed in more than 10 hackathons in the past years, winning prizes at several. I even took first place at Evernote’s hackathon and The Next Web Hack Battle in São Paulo. I honestly love hackathons. They are a great way for you to learn new things, improve workflow, improve communication with your team, build cool things, meet new people, and get awesome prizes. And now

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3 Ways Attending SendGrid Delivered Will Step Up Your Email Game

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In case you haven’t heard, the SendGrid Delivered tour that’s been to 9 cities across the US and Europe, is expanding to another 9 cities before the end of the year! We’ve helped hundreds of developers, entrepreneurs, and marketers step up their email game so far, and we’re looking forward to connecting with you at an upcoming event. In case you need more incentive, here are 3 things you’ll be better at doing after attending SendGrid Delivered. 1.    Impress your boss. Developers will learn how to seamlessly integrate email into their apps through any number of our APIs, while those

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TechStars Patriot Bootcamp: Advice from Generals and CTOs

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When military veterans return from service, they face the daunting task of re-assimilating back into civilian life. In the case of the veterans attending the second Techstars Patriot Bootcamp, under the RisingStars umbrella, they are going for the gold … entrepreneurship. Starting a business is an extreme challenge, even for the experienced, so SendGrid teamed up with Techstars to help these amazing people accelerate their journey, converting their passion to strategic action. In addition to spending time in a mentor role (BIG thanks to SendGrid and Techstars for allowing me to do so) I had the great fortune to attend

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Weekend Hacking to Money, Miles and Merit

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The following is a guest post from SendGrid engineer Kien Pham Our developer evangelists trot the globe attending many hackathons, among other events. Most engineers at SendGrid spend the majority of our time nearer to home, working on the products. In my spare time I’ve enjoyed attending those same events the evangelists know so well, but as a participant, sometimes with my SendGrid co-workers. We have a great culture at SendGrid and one of our values is Hungry. We encourage each other to go to tech talks, meet-ups and hackathons to learn about latest and greatest technology. After every hackathon,

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BattleHacking My First Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist

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Late last month I attended my first hackathon as an official SendGrid Developer Evangelist, PayPal’s BattleHack New York. I have attended hackathons before and I even represented SendGrid at Hack4Colorado as part of my interview process. But this was my first time solo, with our New York-based evangelist at another event. This was also a first for BattleHack. PayPal had never done this event in the US. I was excited to see how it would go and the results were nothing short of amazing. The event ended with twenty-one teams presenting very high quality hacks. It was inspiring to see

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Using SendGrid with Visual Studio 2013 Preview for Windows 8.1 Development

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SendGrid is attending the VSIP Summit in Redmond, WA this week as proud Visual Studio partners. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about the Visual Studio community in order to better serve our customers that utilize the Visual Studio IDE for their development work. Today, you can integrate our Nuget package and C# library with the 2012 version of Visual Studio; While the Nuget package is not ready for the bleeding edge 2013 Visual Studio Preview, we want to make sure that you elite, future thinking developers have the tools you need to begin implementing SendGrid

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Become an Email DJ and Remix by Email

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While attending the first Philly Music Hackday, I learned about the awesome Echo Nest API. I thought it would be interesting to make a mashup with SendGrid and their Remix Library, letting anyone attach two MP3s and become an email DJ. Here’s how Echo Nest describes Remix: Echo Nest Remix is the Internet Synthesizer. Make amazing things from music, automatically. Echo Nest Remix lets you remix, re-edit, and re-imagine any piece of music and video, automatically and algorithmically This library gives you the ability to make some pretty crazy modifications to your music. In this hack, I used the SendGrid

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