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We came, we saw, we hacked. A geek lady’s review of HackDisrupt

We came, we saw, we hacked. A geek lady’s review of HackDisrupt

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I arrived at the 2014 #HackDisrupt Hackathon with a gleam in my eye. I instantly got the sense that the room contained some future forces of geek nature. This was my first year to attend the Hackathon before the conference.  I was doing a hybrid rep of my husband, a friend’s company, etc. We all got to play to win for multiple sides and try for a chance at success.

Overall, there were only just a few show boaters, but they didn’t make it past the dinner hour. Then they came back well-rested with fancy pants and slick presos, they thought this was the Battlefield, I guess. However, to be fair we all knew from the outset that some ideas would take off, some wouldn’t.

I met a ton of amazing people from different parts of the world. Some developers should be involved in the setup of the HackDisrupt event. All of the San Francisco locals were mostly in pre-formed-ishy teams who came with their own ideas.

The majority of developers I spoke with who showed up solo and needed a team were back-end developers. The back-end developer who flies solo is not generally an outgoing socializing type of person. Making your own team on the fly was a bit difficult at #HackDisrupt due to a few things that were happening.

1. You tell a developer to come network and meet their team, then nobody gives them a clear place to go (i.e. a spec to follow) to actually find the team. There was one weird “raise your hand” call out at the end of the networking that seemed somewhat childish and no engineer would want to do. Give an engineer a direction and a sign, they’ll go there if that’s what they are looking for. Yes, some people need that – not just a website.

2. Add to the confusion that you have blaring speakers with confusing muddled announcements at the same time you are asking these engineers (introverts) to network.

I saw a few really talented people go home early because they couldn’t find a team. Lesson learned. Some found parts of teams, but many front-end developers were not looking for teams. There was a mismatch. 

Off to the races…

Tempers flared at midnight and then everyone collectively passed out in windy corners of the Pier, in onesies from clover. Many passed out in comfort due to the team hammock. 

Meet the owner of the hammock who decided to do everyone a solid and leave it behind 🙂

What impressed me the most was that almost everyone had multiple threads happening. And then there were these guys. Such a great group. I was happy to work with you guys at @IdeaMarket. 🙂