One of the best parts of iOSDevCamp is participating in the Hackathon—you have a huge opportunity to learn and grow your skills, get into the groove and flow of high performance development, and network with future colleagues that may help you solve technical challenges for years to come.
For best results, be prepared. You should know if you plan on joining a team, or if you are going to try to recruit one. If you plan on joining a team, you should be able what skills you have to offer, or what skills you wish to stretch. If you are going to try to recruit a team, you should be able to articulate your ideas well, and know what skills you are looking for. Be sure that you’ve filled out your profile questions on our CrowdVine website as that is how I will help you find the people you are looking for.
And of course you should be flexible—your great idea may not appeal enough to recruit a team this time, but maybe you can join another project where you can learn how to do your own project later. Don’t plan to work alone—the best part of the Hackathon is working with others as passionate as you are about the iPhone and iPad development.
There will also be opportunities for new developers to be mentored on basics of iOS programming. We have a room dedicated to that, and last year some of those new programmers won prizes! If you wish to mentor, or be mentored, contact me.
If you need help forming a team, or finding one to join, I am here to help. I’ll be at the Hackathon desk in the commons area front of Town Hall starting Friday evening and during most of the conference, and I will help you find the people you need.
As the teams emerge and everyone has found a place, I will also be acting as concierge to help you find solutions to problems that you encounter. Need someone who knows spherical trigonometry to make your app work? Let me help you find them.
This year we have over $14,000 worth of sponsored, special and general prizes that will be given out after our Hackathon Show.
The deadline for submitting to Hackathon Show and Contest is 1pm Sunday afternoon. However, your entry doesn’t need to be a complete app—find something undocumented and share it! Show us how you made something work! Create a cool demo of a feature we didn’t know about! Remember, your iPhone or iPad App doesn’t have to be perfect, just be enough that other people can learn from it!
The complete rules for the iOSDevCamp Hackathon are here, but I wanted to highlight a few differences from previous years:
If you have any questions on the rules, contact me at Hackathon desk in front of Town Hall.
In addition to these special categories, there will be a number of other special categories that will be decided by the Hackathon Judges. In past years these have been Best Game, Best Social App, Best Health App, Best Hardware Hack, etc. but final decision will be based on best apps submitted.
Prizes for each of these special categories will a gadget grab bag full of cool stuff, which may include: 12-South Backpack Shelf, 12-South Subwoofer, Apple TV, Apple iPhone 4 32GB Black UNLOCKED, Apple Store Gift Certificates, Apple App Store Gift Certificates, Blue Mikey iPhone/iPad Microphone, Cobra iRadar Detector, E-Merse Dry Waterproof iPhone Case, Griffin Cases, Guide 10 Solar Power Charger, Hasbro Nerf Tag Blaster, iDevices iGrill, iHealth Blood Pressure Dock, iRig Microphone, Lark Sleep Monitor, Logitech Case with Bluetooth Keyboard, Macally Dual AC Charger for iPad, Magellan iPhone Car Kit, R.I.O.T. iPad Stand, RJawbone JamBox Bluetooth Speakers, Schoche iPad Car Chargers, Seagate GoFlex 1.5TB FW800/USB2 HDs, Verbatim Bluetooth Keyboard, Withings Connected Body Scale, XBox 360 Kinect Sensor, etc. Each gadget grab bag is worth $200 to $400.
As always, iOSDevCamp staff will be giving out blue tickets to those exhibiting our values of contribution, sharing, openess and “can do” attitude. If someone you know deserves a ticket, contact me or other staff member.
The person with the most blue tickets after the Hackathon will receive our Iron Man award, and one of our gadget grab bags. In addition, we’ve have quite a few ~$100 items for the top blue ticket holders, as well as many other valuable prizes donated by our sponsors for the remaining blue ticket holders.