Way back in June I participated in my second hackathon, AngelHack NYC. It’s crazy that I feel as if I’m already addicted to going to these things even though I’ve only officially gone to two at this point (the Foursquare Hack Day that is coming up will most likely be my third!). It must just be the combination of feelings that you experience after 24 hours of straight planning/coding—pure exhaustion, excitement, relief, anticipation. As someone who is coming up with ideas on a near daily basis and wanting to jump from project to project, going to a hackathon is a serious exercise in focus. To start and finish a project prototype in a span of 24 hours alone is a serious accomplishment.
The project my team completed was Fanfare—an app that allows concertgoers to link up with their Facebook friends with similar musical tastes and assists with the group ticket purchasing/distributing of funds. As a huge music fan and concertgoer myself, I came up with the idea after trying and failing to find a friend to go see Quadron (an amazing band who hasn’t quite made its landing in the US yet) with me at Rockwood Music Hall.
Our team didn’t make it to the finals but won a prize from Facebook for Fanfare’s use of the Facebook Open Graph API! :) Of course this is an app that I would love to complete and launch, but alas it’s one of many on my queue right now…
I’ll update again soon about my current projects! Good things are coming.