This year, at ConUHacks, I did something I had never done before … I went to the event to enjoy the atmosphere and the excitement, but I worked on my personal projects. I love ConUHacks. I did not want to miss it just because I had too many homework to do because of university!
In 2016, I participated in my first hackathon ever. When I moved to Montreal, I discovered a beautiful community around technology where events happen every month. You might wonder what is a hackathon? Well, it is an event that typically lasts a day or two and brings together programmers to work and deliver a complete project during the event. If can be with software or hardware. It has nothing to do with hacking your computer.
I learned a lot from all these hackathons. SlackathonMTL was especially a bigger challenge for me and my team. This is where I learned the most about what needs to be done before and during a hackathon so that it is a successful event for all team members. I will let you read the article if you want to know all the details.
As I write this article, I have been awake for 36 hours, and I did not sleep one minute. I attended my third hackathon in 4 months. Wow! I had not realized it was such a short period.
The event was held in Montreal, at the offices of GSoft, from June 3rd to June 5th. A 5-7 was held Friday night to complete the formation of the teams. By cons, the program began at 9:30 am Saturday until Sunday morning, same time. This is the third time I visit GSoft. It’s special not to work there, and yet I know very well how to get to the building!
I discovered this company when they announced the holding of this event. The culture of the company is excellent and they always make sure all their employees are happy at work. I’ll let you discover for yourself what I mean with #yesimatwork hashtags that are popular on social networks.
I am very pleased to announce a new hackathon in Montreal: SlackathonMTL! The event will be held from June 3 to June 5, 2016. I am registered and I can not wait to participate with my team!
Theme of Slackathon MTL
This hackathon has a theme: slack. Slack is an instant chat platform that is becoming more and more popular with businesses. My internship company has preferred Slack over Skype which is no longer used. Slack contains robots that have all sorts of features. For developers, it makes sending portions of code to a colleague really easy through their “code snippet” feature.
The aim of the projects created during the hackathon is to help organizations improve their working environment by creating a Slack robot that can simplify work habits, increase productivity and employee happiness.
Presentation of Robohacks
This weekend, I attended the first edition of Robohacks. This event was organized by McGill University McGill Robotics. It was a hackathon, but very different from others. We had 24 hours to make a robot. Me and my teammates had no preconceived idea of what we would do during the hackathon before arriving. In talking, we were inspired by “twitch plays pokemon” and decided to create a drone / hovercraft controlled by instant chat twitch. For those who do not know that Twitch is, it is an online video platform broadcast live. The difference with YouTube is that people who are watching the video can chat live with each other.
Since I was in a team with Dronolab, my student club that develops drones, we continued in the universe of drones but we still wanted to do something different. That’s when we thought about making an hovercraft.
On January 23th and 24th, I attended my first Hackathon. It was the ConUHacks at Concordia. It was an extraordinary experience. For those who do not know what a hackathon is … it has nothing to do with security. It is a contraction of the words “hack” and “marathon”!
The objective during a hackathon is to produce something during a given time. For ConUHacks, we had 24 hours and there was no specific theme. Sponsors were proposing contests with prizes, so me and my team of 4 people chose the try the contest of Air Transat. The challenge was to create an application for young travelers.