You experience a lot in a short amount of time during a hackathon, and I wanted to share my takeaways from my first official hackathon!
Everyone has something to bring to the table. Every. Single. Person.
You’ll learn so much. Do not limit yourself.
Even though there’s a time crunch, it’s cool to choose to work on something you’ve never done before. The pressure might actually push you to find unique ways to solve a problem.
GIt is your friend? Even though it may feel like your enemy.
Slack for the win!
Trello helps keep track of who is doing what.
Cocoapods will make you feel hella fancy.
Explain your code to others really helps solidify your knowledge of the code (first realized this at Flatiron, though)
I should pair program more, because it's beneficial to the process + you get to help someone + you get to solidify your knowledge on a specific topic + you can learn something new!
The girls of Girls Who Code are inspiring!
Hackathons may be my new favorite thing. It might be a great way to combat imposter syndrome. It allows you to prove your ability to work on a team, think on your feet, feel okay about asking questions, gain confidence when you’re able to answer a question.
If you're planning to attend your first hackathon anytime soon, I hope that this can be of some help.