I’ve done my fair share of hackathon organising over the years. From small 30 person “specialist” hacks, to larger, 200+ affairs like Music Hack Day London. Over that time I’ve built up a checklist of items that I try to ensure I have with me on the day to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is by no means an … Read more ›
Last weekend after the Lone Star Ruby Conference in Austin, a group of developers gathered at Capital Factory for an overnight hackathon with a focus on communications. In addition to the awesome support and space donated by Capital Factory, the event was put on by Context.io, Twilio, SendGrid, and Searchify. The prizes were big ticket items, with first place taking home a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and the runner-up getting a Thunderbolt Cinema Display. There were also prizes for the best use of Twilio and the best use of SendGrid. … Read more ›
As I wrote last week, I spent the week in England, witnessing something very special that’s been happening there for one week a year, for the past four years. That “something” is different and awe inspiring, and it is called Young Rewired State. If you didn’t catch my post from last week, here’s your chance to catch up and learn a bit … Read more ›
Early Saturday morning nearly 200 attendees crowded into the cafeteria at the Box offices in Palo Alto, California for the first ever Box hackathon. Hackers were challenged to form teams and hack together apps that redefined the way that we do work. A short 24 hours later there were 40 hacks that accomplished exactly that. … Read more ›
Young Rewired State is awesome. I’ll back up that statement below, but I encourage you to learn more for yourself about what creates said awesomeness: check out Rewired State, the organization that put “Young” in front of its name and decided to do more for the youngsters – technical geniuses under the age of 19 years; peruse the Young Rewired … Read more ›
Are you a developer in the UK looking to flex your coding muscles and win some cool prizes? API Hackday is coming to London, England August 4th after another successful run in Portland, Oregon around OSCON. Sponsoring companies for London include Twilio, Mashery, SendGrid, Pusher and GoPaperless. Developer evangelists will be on site to help you integrate the API’s including SendGrid’s Tim Falls (@timfalls), Stevie Graham (@steviegraham) from … Read more ›
When I heard that SendGrid was one of the API sponsors for Hack the Midwest on June 2nd and 3rd in Kansas City, I jumped at the chance to represent us there. Although I was actually born in Kansas City, it had been nearly ten years since I’d been back, and I was super excited to see what the tech and startup scene had to offer.
Nearly 100 local hackers showed up to demo their skills at the competition. Teams came in all shapes and sizes – some from local startups, others comprised of groups of local tech enthusiasts. There was even a father-son pair that ended up taking home some awesome prizes! … Read more ›