Northern Virginia Community College
April 9th, 2016
First hackathon I spoke at!
I spoke about 2 topics:
- So You Want To Be A Wizard
- Web Design
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But earlier this month, I got the opportunity to speak at the first annual Innovation Hackathon located at Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) brand new Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (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 looking 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 first or they were a hackathon veteran.
So naturally, my topic of choice ended up being wizardry. More specifically, the presentation was dubbed " So You Want To A Wizard".
…because wizards and developers happen to have a lot in common.
This presentation covered all your standard wizardry topics, like
- 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 (ultimately 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.