The SystemX Hackathon for Toronto and GTA is here
We are launching SystemX Hackathons to meet new developers and potential bring new ideas to life.
What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization, where programmers get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. The participants work rapidly and often work without sleep to achieve their task, as the events generally only last 24 hours or take place over a weekend.
Hackathons are often competition-style events where a project must be completed in a short time frame, according to Artemy Kirnichansky, founder of SystemX, a cloud based SaaS, fully modular business management platform that saves businesses money in bring most functions into one place like project management, time sheets, and client data . He explains that participants build prototypes of software applications like web or mobile apps in our hackathon
One example of a successful hackathon “hack” is the messaging app, GroupMe, which Skype ended up acquiring for more than $50 million, according to Kathryn Moore, outreach specialist with the tech company Toptal.
Apart from the competition aspect, Moore explains that many hackathons also host workshops, guest speakers, and connect participants with seasoned mentors.
What do people do at a hackathon?
“Computer programmers and software designers collaborate and create a solution to an existing problem using technology,” Moore explains. Those participating in a hackathon will work with like-minded individuals to utilize new technologies and hack together tons of code from different sources to achieve the goal, according to Sean Hsieh, co-founder and chief product officer at Flowroute.
Not only do programmers get the satisfaction of creating a useful product during the hackathon, but once the time runs out all participants come together and present their creations to a panel of judges, says Luke Harris-Gallahue, a growth marketer at Hurdlr. The judges then vote and determine the winners, says Harris-Gallahue
What do you need to participate in the SystemX hackathon?
This is an important question, especially for beginners looking to increase their involvement in the programming field. The entry qualifications and experience levels vary depending on the event. So whether you’re just dipping your toes into coding, you’re on your way toward earning a programming degree or you’re a seasoned programming pro – this hackathon is for you!
Our first event took place on August 6 – 8, 2021.
It was quite a success, as two participants managed to complete MVP version of their project.
Here are just a few technologies been used: TypeScript, Signal R, PHP, Vue.js, .Net C#, MySQL, and webAPI.
We are planning this to be a regular event, with next one is scheduled for November 2021.
If you are a high school, college or university student from STEM, sci-tech, Software Development, Computer Science, Computer engineering, Math, Actuarial Science, Data Analysis, or other relevant programs, give it a try. See if you are as smart as you think, or even you are a street-smart, join in.
To participate, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.