hackathon

10 Hints for Holding a Great Hackathon

Just like getting the most out of participating in a hackathon, deriving maximum value from holding a hackathon takes careful preparation and advanced planning, especially about what you hope to gain from the event. But planning and implementing a successful hackathon may be harder than actually winning one. I have attended plenty of hackathons as…

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The Million Dollar Hackathon – Heroku and Salesforce Raise the Stakes at Dreamforce

It’s never been done before, and it’ll happen next week in San Francisco at Dreamforce: Salesforce and Heroku are offering a top prize of a cool million dollars for the best mobile app created in their hackathon. As one of Heroku’s most popular add-ons, New Relic is certain to be an indespensible tool for the…

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Live from DeveloperWeek: Biggest Hackathon Mistakes

In the real world, you have time to work on a project and mistakes are an inevitable part of the process. But in a hackathon, the deadline is set before you even start and a single mistake can make or break your project. At the 2013 DeveloperWeek Hackathon in San Francisco, I asked experienced hackathon participants, “What’s the…

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Straight from the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon: How to Survive a Hackathon

Competing in a hackathon is a unique experience where only the strong survive. Once you arrive, you’ll spend the next 24 hours plus coding nonstop. The question is can you physically and mentally handle the challenge? We asked attendees of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco how they survived and what advice they had for…

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Straight from the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon: Tips for Faster Coding

Your body and mind aren’t designed to work for 24 hours straight. Yet the architecture of a hackathon is designed to force you to do just that — code for 24 hours nonstop. How can you deliver quality code quickly under those conditions? At the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco, we asked attendees (most seasoned…

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