How to be a Badass Hacker (HackNY Edition)

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October 28, 2013

How to be a Badass Hacker (HackNY Edition)

This is a talk I gave at a couple of universities to help inspire students to spend their summer in NYC with HackNY. The first half is some tips and tricks I picked up that will make you a better hacker and the second is about why HackNY rocks your socks.



October 28, 2013


  1. How to become a Badass Hacker by @SwiftAlphaOne

  2. Note: Not Ryan Gosling. @SwiftAlphaOne

  3. Outside of Class. Get involved in things

  4. Go to hackathons #1. and Tech events

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  6. 0 30 60 90 Q4/2011 Q1/2012 Q2/2012 Q3/2012 Q4/2012 Q1/2013

    Q2/2013 Q3/2013 Hacker League Powered Hackathons
  7. Why do the hackers go to hackathons?

  8. Learning (81%) Prizes (13%) Building (44%) 100% 80% 60% 40%

    20% Jobs (10%) Fun (22%) Swag (11%) Networking (71%)
  9. There’s almost always a happening near you.

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  11. Work on Things care about

  12. When I review potential candidates, the first thing I look

    for is open source.
  13. Contribute? Where do you

  14. Surround yourself #3.with smart people

  15. Find a local hacker community. If one doesn’t exist, start

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  17. Read about tech #4.every single day

  18. I’ve learned more random, useful tibits on Hacker News &

    Reddit than I did in class & work combined.
  19. Learn to avoid the spam.

  20. My Favorites Here are some of

  21. Apply for HackNY? Why should you

  22. in the greatest city in the world Spend your summer

    living and working with the best & brightest students in tech (Doesn’t that sound awesome?)
  23. New York

  24. NYC startups to solve real problems. You’ll get paired up

    with one of the top (no fetching coffee & snacks for you!)
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  26. member of the NYC Tech Community Each week, you’ll hear

    from an influential during the Summer Speaker Series.
  27. moot

  28. Chad Dickerson

  29. Joel Spolsky

  30. Dave tisch

  31. Chris Dixon


  33. Thanks I’m @SwiftAlphaOne on Twitter.