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The 3 most useful skills to teach at a hackathon

I spent last weekend mentoring participants in PennApps, a hackathon organized by undergraduate students at UPenn. I enjoyed the experience of mentoring, and had an especially great time pretending to know a lot about hardware.

App Infusion: How Microsoft is taking its hackathon model online

In the 2010 movie “The Social Network”, hackathons were romanticized as exciting programmer games involving alcohol and cheering crowds. They looked like fun but were not the appropriate venue for getting work done.

How “The Hacker Way” helped propel Facebook to market dominance

Facebook’s core values include a powerful, results-oriented, anti-theoretical philosophy called “The Hacker Way,” according to founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration,” Zuckerberg writes. “Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo.”