This past weekend I participated in my first hackathon — the first Cleanweb Hackathon in Texas. It took place Sept 21-23 in Duncan Hall at Rice University. Cleanweb is defined as sustainability through software innovation — more specifically, optimizing resource use and accelerating cleantech development. Practically speaking, cleanweb means building applications that tackle energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues by leveraging web and mobile technologies.
I had no idea what to expect, and actually signed up two days before the event started. My goal was to 1) meet new people, particularly developers, 2) learn some more programming, and 3) also gain a new experience in trying to ideate and build a minimum viable product within 48 hours.
Since this was my first hackathon, I wanted to get the full all-nighter experience of it, and worked from 9 am Saturday morning till 6:30 am Sunday morning and only slept 3 hours (just so I could function properly and finish building the product).
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