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Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

We're psyched to have you join us for the 3rd annual LiNC hackathon on Wednesday, June 8th in San Francisco! Stay up to date on announcements leading up to the event, meet fellow challengers, form a team and collaborate on your ideas. If you are tinkering with a new idea for your community, here's your chance to build a prototype on the Lithium platform using the Lithium-Klout SDK, our APIs, Freemarker or any of our technologies.

 

About the event

June 8, 2016 at 9:00am
Lithium Technologies
225 Bush St., 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

 

Agenda:

  • 9:00am-9:30am Kickoff and opening remarks
  • 9:30am-4:30pm Hack!
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm Presentations and judging

 

Ground rules:

  • Each team should develop a community customization or integration
  • All code must be written during the hackathon
  • Each team will be assigned a Lithium advisor for support.  Advisors can also unlock extensibility features (custom metadata anyone?!) that is not accessible with Studio.

 

Logistics:

  • Please bring your own laptop
  • Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day
  • Lithium will provide one sandbox community per team

 

Who can join?

We welcome all developers, designers, product managers, engineers and partners. If you registered for the hackathon or are interested in participating this year, click “join group” and you will receive notifications when new content is posted. This is a great way to stay updated on the latest information leading up to the event.

 

Are you new to the LiNC’16 Hackathon or hackathons in general?

No problem - no experience necessary!  Hackathons are a fun, social way to act on your imagination.  Conceptualize, design and build a working prototype with Lithium customers and partners like you. This can be anything from a recommended content component to an integration with a survey provider to a native mobile app. Also, feel free to ask questions you may have for the Lithium engineers and product managers, like @DougS and @NaokiT, or previous LiNC hackathon attendees.

 

Connect with other hackers and form a team
Sign up with a team or meet new people and create a team of your own. We recommend teams of three. We encourage you to use this group to make connections by starting a new thread to share your experience and interests. Once you have formed a team, exchange your contact information and begin bouncing off ideas.

 

Share your ideas and feedback

Whether you attended the LiNC hackathon in previous years or hackathons in general, feel free to throw out your ideas for ways we can improve the event this year. Let us know what you enjoyed from previous events, what you missed and what you'd like to see next. Our goal is to ensure a creative and collaborative (and competitive) environment for the Lithium Developer Network to connect and help each other take customer experience to the next level.

 

Stay connected after the conference

After the hackathon, we will post your presentations to the community for customers and partners who were not able to attend. Archives from previous years are also available for viewing.

 

See you in San Francisco!

 

Rachel Palad

Product Marketing, Lithium Developer Network

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Occasional Contributor Keeeyyyaaaiii
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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

@RachelP

 

I love the idea of the Hackathon which is why I signed up, but I am not a developer...I am a total code virgin. So I will not be of much help to any team when it comes to building anything within the Lithium platform.

 

So I guess I am trying to figure out if this part of the event is right for my "skills". Would love to hear your pitch to someone like me who is not a developer but was considering the all day Hackathon?

 

 

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!


Keeeyyyaaaiii wrote:

@RachelP

 

I love the idea of the Hackathon which is why I signed up, but I am not a developer...I am a total code virgin. So I will not be of much help to any team when it comes to building anything within the Lithium platform.

 

So I guess I am trying to figure out if this part of the event is right for my "skills". Would love to hear your pitch to someone like me who is not a developer but was considering the all day Hackathon?

 

 



I am also curious to hear from those who participated in previous Hackathons...Do you see a value in having a person participate who does not have any coding skills? Would you want that type of person on your team? I would love to hear from some veterans on this topic.

 

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

Thanks for signing up for the hackathon, @Keeeyyyaaaiii! I'll be honest - most of the day will be focused on development, which will require some level of technical aptitude on the Lithium platform. However, I think you and other community managers can offer valuable insights into platform improvements that would make your jobs easier and create a better experience for your community members. After all, you work in the platform everyday and I'm sure you have ideas on ways to improve the user experience. The hackathon is a great environment to collaborate and solve these types of problems - it gives you an opportunity to sit down other customers and hack a solution that you can potentially take back to work to implement.

 

That's just my take. I'd also like to hear from some hackathon veterans. @Claudius @ebroyles @ram00n, what do you guys think?

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

Hey @Keeeyyyaaaiii - Looking forward to meet you next week at the Hackathon.

Looking back at the previous two Lithium hackathons I attended: There was a mixed crowd of participants and even more diverse projects being pitched in the end.

 

I recall a team presenting their idea of a new special interest community and how it would use certain Lithium features to build the community and meet the need of the virtual audience. Their presentation was mockups only with no development, but they still spent all day working through Lithium admin and had some tough discussions on fine tuning the right user journey flows. And I would assume they got a lot of deeper understanding of the Lithium platform.

 

And then there's non-technical participants joining teams to look at the customer experience of new hacks and how to present them. So all in all there's really no excuse for you not to have fun and contribute next Wednesday Smiley Happy

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

Hi All,

 

This will be my first LINC and Hackathon, travelling from Australia. My Freemarker skills and knowledge of the API are a bit rudimentary beyond basic IF/ELSE statements, but my skills on frontend development and CSS are much stronger.

 

I'm attending with a colleague @faruchidor who has done a lot of UX work and we're keen to participate in a Responsive UI project, learn more about the responsive implementation as such and hopefully take what we learn back to our own community.

 

Cheers

 

Nathan

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

That is great to hear! @PeterAsh and I are busy configuring the hackathon community instances so they are all responsive-enabled and we will walk you through setting up the SDK to allow you to do fast local responsive development tomorrow. We'll have some Lithium-responsive experts from our core experience team on hand to help you during the hackathon as well.  Looking forward to meeting you Nathan!

 

-Doug

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Re: Welcome to the LiNC’16 Hackathon group!

Hi everyone,

 

I'll be available for any questions about Klout, the Klout APIs, and general product implementation and philosophy issues. While I might not be in the hackathon room the whole day, please feel free to ping me here or on Twitter and I'll be happy to help.