Category Archives: Events

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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Senator Udall Partners with API Hackday Denver to Help Flood Relief Effort

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We are excited to announce that Senator Udall is partnering with API Hackday Denver at SendGrid’s office this Saturday at 8am. The hackday is open to developers of all skill levels who are looking to contribute their skills and innovation to help the Colorado flood victims. Today, his office made the following announcement:

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SendGrid Celebrates 2nd Annual Denver Startup Week

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“Build a story worth spreading.” So concluded Seth Godin’s keynote speech at the opening luncheon for Denver Startup Week 2013. Speaking to a room filled with 800 startup team members and entrepreneurs, Seth’s advice was more than fitting. Having recently been named to a host of Top 10 lists for the hottest startup cities in America, Denver’s startup story is more than spreading—it’s skyrocketing. With tracks focusing on business, design, tech, manufacturing, and social enterprise, the city is crawling with opportunity this week. And SendGrid is thrilled to be participating, attending, and hosting a number of events. SendGrid @ DSW

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