Friday, November 6, 2015

Rocky Mountain Hackathon

Today I am heading out to my first hackathon! I'm looking forward to a weekend full of meeting new people and collaborating with others on a team to create new programs. I don't know exactly what to expect, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be full of long hours of hectic coding. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to contribute with the skills I currently have compared to some of these lifetime software engineers, but I plan on learning as much as I can and making as many connections as possible.

This hackathon has a specific focus on creating programs that will help other people. Projects range from expanding affordable power in Africa to disrupting human trafficking to giving people the tools they need to study as efficiently as possible. I'm going to try to find a project I am enthusiastic about and see if I can learn and contribute any way I can. Sleeping is optional, and we'll have two full days to work on the program. At the end of the hackathon, awards will be given to the best programs.

While looking ahead, I am also experimenting with graphical programs. I don't have much right now, but I am currently using Python 3 and PyQt5 to create a program that can record a name, a type and a date, then output that in a new window. It's not much (yet), but I plan on having it spit the information into an SQLite database and display all the results on a timeline. I think it will be pretty cool, and it would certainly have helped me when studying for my Western Civ 1 college course!

The goal with this program is less about mapping the history of the world, and more about giving people a platform to create any timeline for any history and share it with other people so they can see what you want. That's what gets me excited about it!

Anyway, we'll see where the next few days takes me! I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation!

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