This episode is special because we get to hear exactly why one of the largest and most well known hackathons got its start in the first place. I got on Skype with Alexey Komissarouk, founding organizer of PennApps, which was first thrown back in September 2010.
Our conversation focuses on the the genesis of the event and what it was like to be a hackathon organizer before it was cool. We cover how he raised his first sponsorship dollars. We talk about how a desire by Penn CS students to apply skills learned in the classroom prompted the event. Finally, we speculate about why collegiate hackathons took off on the East coast prior to becoming popular on the West coast.
I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a comment here on Posthaven, or tweet me @jnconkle with thoughts and feedback.
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