Hackathons are short day or days-long events in which hackers prototype a technical solution to a business problem and then pitch and demo that solution to an audience. I’ve been a coach and organizer for three Hackathons and I’ve learned a few rules of thumb that make Hackathons more fun and valuable for the participants.
I’m on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit called Free Geek Providence based in RI. Free Geek Providence provides a call to refurbish, reuse and recycle older computers. The organization also promotes the use of Linux, an open source operating system, as well as the open source ecosystem [...]
The AT&T Hackathon in January was a blast, and my coverage of it as an M2M coach for the Arduino hardware gained some attention.
Check out the O’Reilly post at http://blog.makezine.com/2013/01/30/results-from-arduino-hackathon-at-atts-2013-developer-summit and the original at http://developer.axeda.com/community/blog/9-connected-hacks-rocked-mobile-app-space-2013
In order to create an Android app that could consume data from a web services call, I had to be able to post data to the web service.
I posted data via the DefaultHttpClient class, then parsed out the JSON-serialized response.
The code for the post was the following:
public String callServiceAsString (String webservice, [...]
As an Innovationeer, I seek out the interesting technological developments that can make my code more elegant. One of those developments has been jQuery’s Deferred object, implemented in jQuery 1.5 and after.
Imagine you’re the referee in a dumptruck race. The first one to reach the finishline and dump the trash [...]
// get first Monday of the month, [...]
Two months into being an Innovationeer at Axeda, I ace the “waking up to work in the morning” test with flying colors. Who wouldn’t want to be at the cutting edge of technology, with knowledgeable peers and mentors actively looking out for me, working on projects that are not only competitive, but compete [...]
- Erma Bombeck
One could argue that writing code can be boiled down to writing a series of AND, OR, and NOT statements. Anyone [...]
I had the bittersweet experience of watching my app break in a demo, bitter because everyone was watching and sweet because it was a demo. The failure resulted from my assumption that the wireless [...]
With blocks on your schedule filling up, it’s easy to overlook the nuggets of time that, with proper management, allow you [...]