October’s Refresh: Hackathon 101

by Kevin Lawver on September 22, 2011

Geekend is coming up in November, and this year, they’ve added the Hackathon! Having participated in my fair share of these things before, I thought it would be fun to do a Hackathon Bootcamp in October to give the locals a leg up on the competition. We’ll cover all the fun stuff about coding competitions; I’ll try to share all the tips I can remember and I might even share some code (I’m hoping to have an open source skeleton you can use to start your projects with, but we’ll see how much time I have). By the end of Refresh, you should be all set and ready to go hack on some stuff.

As part of it, I’m hoping to actually build something – so I need your help! What kind of mashup should we build? Flickr? Tumblr? Twitter? Facebook? Something else? Whatever it is, it needs to have an API we can play with and it signing up for a developer key should be a turnkey process (meaning I shouldn’t have to wait to be able to play with it).

Refresh is always the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6PM over at ThincSavannah. For October, that means it’s on 10/18. I hope to see you there!

Update – This is mostly for me, but I’m going to be adding links to this post of APIs that I find that folks might find interesting/fun/useful (and which may make it into the demo – I still need suggestions because I’m not sure what I’m going to build). Here they are:

And the slides from tonight’s presentation are already up on Speakerdeck.

What others should I add? Which ones are you interested in seeing mashed up?