March 10, 2015
[Notice: Previously I mistakenly noted that this event was hosted by MLH when, while it was part of the MLH season, was the result of the hard work and effort by a team of students from UTD, SMU, and UNT.]
Last week I attended HackDFW, a student hackathon in Dallas put on by an intrepid group of local students from UTD, SMU, and UNT. The hackapalooza, which was part of the Major League Hacking season, was a 24-hour event featuring students from around the country. Besides getting to go around and talk to the students during the event I was fortunate enough to be asked to give the closing keynote.
I presented on Project Sputnik and how we crowd-sourced the development of a developer laptop. Here are the slides I presented.
The Judges and Winner
After the preliminary judging, seven teams presented to impressive panel of judges with included, among others, Mark Cuban, the CEO of American Airlines and the Mayor of Dallas.
The winning team used Oculus Rift which connected to engine that rendered an ever evolving world of dinosaurs. This would allow students to get a feel for the enormity of the dinosaurs and watch them as they grew and die from disease and predators
Here a few pics from the event.
Looking down on one of the groups
Hackers and Hammocks
Taking a “short” nap
Pau for now…
October 27, 2014
The weekend before last, the Major League Hacking crew helped put on a hackathon at the University of Texas. The event drew over 700 students organized into close to 100 teams.
Major League Hacking, which Dell helps power, is the official collegiate hackathon league and puts on more than 50 hackathons across the US, UK, and Canada per semester.
In advance of the event I got to have lunch with MLH’s commissioner, Mike Swift along with co-founder Jon Gottfried. After we ate I grabbed some time with the duo to learn what MLH is all about.
Some of the ground Swift and Jon cover:
- What is Major League Hacking and what’s a hackathon?
- How did Dell get involved and what role did project Sputnik play?
- How the U Penn hackathon beat out the triple deterrents of Valentines Day, the release of House of Cards and two feet of snow
- MLH’s plans for global domination
- The power of learning from fellow students and the community
Pau for now…
March 7, 2014
Postponed: Over the weekend, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to postpone our first hackathon. Stay tuned for more details.
Im very psyched to announce Dell’s first Hackathon which will be happening next week right here in Austin.
The Dell Center for Entrepreneurs and Dell Software Information Management Solutions are teaming up with music and entertainment television network, Revolt TV for this 24 hour code-battle.
The event, which will take place at the #DellVenue, kicks off on Monday, March 10th and ends 24 grueling hours later at noon next day.
The task at hand is for the developers to create an app against the Revolt API that is based around Music, Videos, and/or Artists and their data. Revolt has put together their wish list of apps and functionality they’d love to see created, but sky’s the limit (within 24 hours 😉
Applications that can be used
- Windows Phone 8
Databases that can be used
- MS SQL Server
The competition is limited to 50 developers who can form teams of up to five people. At noon on March 11th the teams will present their work to a panel of judges and 3 team-finalists will be chosen. All panelists will receive a badge to the Fader Fort for the preview party that night, with the winning team announced at the event.
The top finalists will receive products and swag from Revolt and Dell.
- The grand prize winning team receives $2,500 and the chance to work with Revolts’ team to integrate their app.
- Im also particularly proud to say that each member of the winning team will receive the Ubuntu-based XPS13 developer edition aka Project Sputnik. But wait, there’s more…all developer finalists get a free 1 year license of Dell Software’s Toad Data Point. 🙂
If this sounds like something you like to take part in, we are taking the first 50 devs who sign up here. Who knows, you could be one of Dell’s first ever Hackathon champions.
Pau for now…