A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects
A few months ago I started working with the crazy crew at Steamboat Labs and decided to offer up 2 Launch Festival tickets to two of my teammates. They were down to join and then I asked if they'd be interested in the hackathon, and without hesitation they excepted. BALLER!
For 4 weeks leading up to the event we talked daily about hack idea. They ranged from boring by simple to cool and complex, and days before the event we settled on Buff. During that time we picked up another team member. Team Steamboat Labs was rocking a designer, front-end, and two back-end devs.
The team took on the first day without me as I was stuck on a plane from Indiana to Oakland*. They rocked it with shit loads of code and a working prototype by the end of the day. When I arrived around midnight, I layed on some design caught up with everyone. I was useless at that point.
We get to the hackathon around 9AM and start going over the to-do list. The list was fairly long with all the front-end work to finish, real-time chat client, more design, tweaking the setings, adding new roles.... blah blah. We started hacking away and really only stopped to eat. Around 11PM we decided to head home and work from there until about 4AM. By the end of the day, we had a great looking site and functionality that I didn't think we could have working in the time scope of the hackathon.
We arrive at the hackathon at 9AM and this was the chillest of chill days. The to-do list was pretty small so we just did more tweaks instead of introducing new code/function and focused primarily on the pitch. The pitch is very important in a hackathon like this because it's enterprise-y and the judges love money. After about 3 hours of pratice pitching we entered the judging area.
Welp. We didn't make it past the judging round but it was a great time. The team was great and I'm down to build anything with them in the near future.
*Oakland is terrifying at night