After 24 sleepless hours and the incessant strain to resist caffeine and free junk food, my first hackathon, HackTJ, has officially concluded. I have always been curious about how binge coding for a large period of time, surrounded by some similarly-driven students, would result. After a brief recovery from my sleep-deprivation, I believe that it was a worthwhile yet odd experience.
We arrived at Thomas Jefferson High School at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon and were greeted by hundreds of students piling their sleeping bags and pillows into the auditorium while greeters registered students and handed out t-shirts. After a brief introduction with little to no guidance, we were let loose to code, create, or play video games (what many of the attempted ‘projects’ degraded into). Two hours into attempting to learn Android, we jumped ship and retreated back to our comfort zone, web apps. Once...
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