InNOVAtion Hackathon

InNOVAtion Hackathon

Name

InNOVAtion Hackathon

Organizer

Northern Virginia Community College

Location

Woodbridge, Virginia

Date

April 9th, 2016

Role

Speaker

About

First hackathon I spoke at!

I spoke about 2 topics:

  • So You Want To Be A Wizard
  • Web Design

Slides

So You Want To Be A Wizard | NOVA Hackathon

Published April 9, 2016 Innovation Hackathon Woodbridge, VA April 8th-10th, 2016 — FVCproductions https://fvcproductions.com

Web Design - Innovation Hackathon

Published April 9, 2016, in Design Innovation Hackathon Woodbridge, VA April 8th-10th, 2016 — FVCproductions https://fvcproductions.com

News

350 NOVA, high school students to attend InNOVAtion Hackathon at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training, April 8-10 :: Northern Virginia Community College

Approximately 300 students from Northern Virginia Community College and other colleges, interested locals and 50 local high school students have registered to attend NOVA’s first ever hackathon event, inNOVAtion. The 36 hour long competition will focus on offering hands-on experience to promote cybersecurity through analyzing secure coding methods.

Innovation Hackathon 10

Blog Post

As a speaker at conferences, Meetups, and most recently hackathons, I’ve had the opportunity so far to talk about topics likeย JS (JavaScript) Coding Bootcamps, Coding Bootcamps (targeted at women in tech), and Web Design.

But earlier this month, I got the opportunity to speak at the first annualย Innovation Hackathonย located atย Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) brand new Regional Center for Workforce Education and Trainingย (quite a mouthful).

I found about the InNOVAtion hackathon through MLH and earlier this year when I was browsing through which hackathons I could potentially attend, I noticed on their website that they were lookingย for speakers.

I figured, hey, why not, and after meeting up with the the main guy in charge - Thomas (cool dude) - I originally planned on speaking about JS Coding Bootcamps and Web Design (I’d be giving two separate talks).

After a while though, I thought to myself, “Wait a second, Frances! You’re going to be speaking at your first hackathon! You can’t just recycle an old topic like that. Plus, I doubt a lot of kids in community college really want to think about attending a JS coding bootcamp in the first place.”.

I decided I’d talk about something a lot more broad that could appeal to lots of tech-savvy folks, whether the Innovation Hackathon was their very firstย or they were a hackathon veteran.

So naturally, my topic of choice ended up being wizardry. More specifically, the presentation was dubbedย ” So You Want To A Wizard”.

So You Want To A Wizard 1

…because wizards and developers happen to have a lot in common.

So You Want To A Wizard 3

This presentation covered all your standard wizardry topics, like

So You Want To A Wizard 4

  • muggles (the difference between creators and consumers),
  • houses (what kind of software developer positions you can go into),
  • flying (what you can do to become a better developer),
  • potions (what specific tools are out there to help you become a better developer),
  • the dark arts (your real reasoning behind wanting to become a developer),
  • and a hearty conclusion (ultimatelyย you should forge your own path).

I got a pretty good response from the audience, with quite a few folks coming up sometime afterwards letting me know they enjoyed it or if I had any more advice for so and so. All in all, I really enjoyed going to the hackathon and I think the team did excellently in setting it up in a really modern spacious building despite the weather conditions (it got frosty).

So cheers to the Innovation Hackathon!

As a wizard myself, I can definitely appreciate a well done hackathon.

So You Want To A Wizard 2

Pictures

Innovation Hackathon 1 Innovation Hackathon 3 Innovation Hackathon 4 Innovation Hackathon 5 Innovation Hackathon 6 Innovation Hackathon 7 Innovation Hackathon 8 Innovation Hackathon 9 Innovation Hackathon 10