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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Cialone

This is why I tell everyone to join a Hackathon...

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Hey everyone, today I want to talk about a topic close to my heart, events which changed the trajectory of professional, and personal life. Hackathons.

What exactly is a Hackathon? Some think a hackathon is some sort of sinister action where devs and engineers get together and cause mayhem. I hope I am not giving away trade secrets here, but a hackathon is an event where people, usually developers, come together to collaborate and create innovative solutions to solve a specific problem or challenges.

It's a gathering of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills who work together in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment to develop something new and exciting.

Participating in a hackathon is important for developers because it challenges us to think outside the box, explore new technologies and approaches, and work with others to build something meaningful. It's an opportunity to experiment and take risks, and to learn from others in the community.

Hackathons also offer a unique opportunity for developers to network with other professionals, share their expertise, and build their portfolio. These events can lead to job opportunities, partnerships, and other valuable connections that can help advance their careers.

But perhaps most importantly, hackathons are about solving real-world problems and making a positive impact. By collaborating with others and using their skills to create solutions that have a real impact, developers can make a difference in the world and create something truly meaningful.

Speaking from my own experience, the Chainlink Hackathon I entered completely changed my life and revealed to me my own passion and strengths. Not only that, but I made connections and built relationships throughout hackathons. In fact, one of my closest friends and business partner was a teammate at the first hackathon I entered. Shout out to Amit. You can check out the video of our finished project linked in the About Me section of the website ( or you can click here )

How do you find out about hackathons is a question others will ask me, and the answer is basic and might anger some, but search engines usually are pretty good when prompted with the right questions. I lean towards web3 hackathons, like Chainlink or EthGlobal, but literally there are hundreds of them. From colleges throwing hackathons, to AI based hackathons sponcered by big businesses like Microsoft. The search engine is your friend. Sites like DevPost are a great place to find hackathons and there are communities built around the idea of hackathons all over discord.

Hackathons can mimic real-life business and projects in several ways.

First, they often have a specific problem or challenge that needs to be solved, just like businesses have objectives and goals they need to achieve.

Second, participants in a hackathon have limited time and resources, just like businesses have limited budgets and deadlines.

Third, hackathons require participants to work collaboratively, just like businesses often require teams to work together to achieve their goals.

The fast-paced building that happens during a hackathon is important because it forces participants to be creative, resourceful, and efficient. In a limited amount of time, they need to come up with a solution to a complex problem, and build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that demonstrates the potential of their idea.

This fast-paced approach is also important because it helps participants to quickly identify what works and what doesn't work, and to iterate on their ideas. By getting feedback from others and testing their MVPs in a real-world environment, they can refine their solutions and create a more effective end product. In real-life business and projects, time is often a critical factor. Companies need to be able to quickly respond to changing market conditions, and to launch products and services that meet the needs of their customers. The fast-paced, iterative approach of a hackathon can help developers to develop the skills and mindset needed to succeed in this type of environment.

By learning how to work quickly and efficiently, they can become more effective contributors to their teams and more valuable members of their organizations.

Build the plane during the flight, take a chance & get involved!

Carpe Diem

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