Stories for Student Hackers and other Superheroes.

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August 20, 2016

Stories for Student Hackers and other Superheroes.

These are some lessons that I wish I knew before I went off to university about the way people learn, build, and share.

This talk was given at GSET 2016 and Campfire 2016.

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Swift

August 20, 2016
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  1. Stories for student hackers & other superheroes. by @SwiftAlphaOne

  2. Hey! I’m Swift. I tweet from @SwiftAlphaOne. I email from

    swift@mlh.io.
  3. (Acquired by Intel in 2013)

  4. The official student hackathon league.

  5. Hackathons are weekend-long invention competitions. “ - Swift

  6. Participants arrive on Friday afternoon.

  7. Amazing startups share cutting-edge technology

  8. Teams form organically & brainstorm ideas.

  9. They spend the weekend bringing their ideas to life.

  10. They take breaks for fun, food, & sleep.

  11. Teams demo creations “Science Fair Style” on Sunday

  12. Top teams demo their projects on stage.

  13. Winners are selected & prizes awarded.

  14. Student hackers are all around you. (some might not even

    know it yet.)
  15. I wanted to be a lawyer.

  16. This is me at my 1st hackathon in 2010.

  17. We hear this story every day. Hackathons change lives.

  18. Hackers attended MLH Member Events. 54,000

  19. All it takes is one sentence to change someone’s life.

    #1
  20. I’d love to go to a hackathon, but I don’t

    know how to make anything! “
  21. MEET STEF.

  22. Technology can be an artistic and creative endeavor.

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  25. You already have the skills to make awesome stuff. #2

  26. I don’t know what to make. “

  27. MEET XYLA.

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  31. The best ideas solve problems that you have. #3

  32. I’m the world’s leading expert on me. “

  33. Where can I find a hackathon near me?

  34. As many events today as there were in 2013. 25x

  35. 0 50 100 150 200 250 2013 2014 2015 2016

    MLH Member Events by Year We’re on track to break 200 MLH Member Events in 2016 alone. That’s like having 6 hackathons per weekend.
  36. 0 50 100 150 200 250 2013 2014 2015 2016

    MLH Member Events by Year We’re on track to break 200 MLH Member Events in 2016 alone. That’s like having 6 hackathons per weekend.
  37. Canadian Hackers are on the Rise. 0 3 6 9

    12 15 2014 2015 2016 Canadian MLH Member Events by Year Year-over-Year Growth in Canadian Student Hackathons 100%
  38. MEET MAKALA.

  39. Makala went to 14 hackathons over a 4 month period.

    She was hooked and couldn’t wait to share them with her friends.
  40. She has been bringing her friends and classmates to hackathons

    ever since.
  41. Makala also uses video to inspire people she doesn’t know

    to go to hackathons.
  42. Hey! I’m going to this thing called a “Hackathon” this

    weekend. You should come with me! “
  43. Communities are started by people just like you. #4

  44. How do I bring a hackathon to my school? “

  45. MEET SELYNNA.

  46. Selynna got her start at Hackcon.

  47. I had never felt that sort of acceptance amongst my

    close friends or peers at school, even though most of these organizers were strangers to me. “
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  49. Being a student is awesome. Use it to your advantage.

    #5
  50. 1 2 3 4 5 Let’s Recap! One sentence can

    change a life You already have the skills Being a student is awesome. Solve your own problems Communities don’t start themselves
  51. So, you want to get started. What can you do

    today?
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  53. October 2016

  54. Thanks! I’m Swift. I tweet from @SwiftAlphaOne. I email from

    swift@mlh.io.