We’re just one month away from TADHack-mini Orlando, at Catalyst Spaces on 25-26 March. Its going to be a unique, can-not-miss event. This weblog provides a summary of all the amazing local help we’re getting in putting TADHack-mini Orlando together, why TADHack is unique, and some guidance in prep for TADHack-mini Orlando.
The Orlando technology and entrepreneurial communities are amazing, we’re getting lots of local support:
- Code for Orlando aims to fix problems in one of Code for America’s three Focus Groups: Safety and Justice, Economic Welfare, and Healthy communities. You can read more about the focus groups here: https://www.codeforamerica.org/what/focus-areas. Erin and Andrew (Co-Captains of Code for Orlando) are working with us to help developers use the TADHack sponsors’ technology to make a difference for Orlando!
- Orlando Tech. Diane Court and her team have us listed on their event schedule, http://orlandotech.org/events/, and promotes us across their community.
- OrlandoJS. Bruno Genaro and his team provide TADHack with great support and guidance; and they will be taking part in the hackathon. We can’t wait to see what they create 🙂
- IOT Orlando, led by Jared Mitchell Porcenaluk, has promoted us across the IoT community, and Jared will be taking part in the hackathon. We can’t wait to see his hack.
- Valencia College are building a team to take part in TADHack. Several other universities are promoting TADHack across their student bodies. And its not just the software / engineering departments, also the entrepreneurial / business groups.
- We’ll have a post coming out on the Creative Entrepreneurs Orlando meet-up group soon, thanks . TADHack is for Everyone, whether you’re a hacker, hustler or hipster (developer, business-type or designer); TADHack has something for you. Please register here, and you’ll learn about adding programmable telecoms to your apps, services or business; be able to share your experiences with others; do some “coding”; and potentially create a winning hack that can make a difference in Orlando!
Enterprise Connect. For more than 26 years, Enterprise Connect has brought the top subject matter experts together with the enterprise decision-makers who build the communications that power and, increasingly, transform business. The sponsors of TADHack-mini Orlando are leaders in enterprise telecoms and proudly stand shoulder to shoulder in helping people see what’s possible now telecoms is programmable. With this hackathon the winners get a chance, if they want, to present at the massive Enterprise Connect event that runs on the 27-30 March. It will be great exposure to most major US enterprises in one place. If you want to accelerate your career or business, its a great opportunity. And don’t forget we also accept remote entries, so its not just in-person hacking, you can be in Africa, Europe, Asia or South America and take part.
Unique world-first line-up of sponsors including: Cisco Spark / Tropo, Flowroute, Matrix, Ring Central, Telestax with partners DataArt and Dialogic, Temasys, Vidyo.io. There is nowhere else you can get this level of in-depth hands-on comparison.
Remote entries. Its not just in-person hacking, you can be in Africa, Europe, Asia or South America and take part. We have start-ups planning showcases with mash-ups of their technology and the sponsors; we have people around the world excited about mashing up many of the sponsors’ technologies.
Remote location,TADHack-mini Hatfield. Naledi Phafane, from TADHack Global South Africa last year, is putting together this remote location in at The Fields in Hatfield, South Africa, called TADHack-mini Hatfield. At TADHack our approach is open. We’re focused on developers, technology and creativity. Helping people be successful using telecom capabilities. I apologize for repeating this phrase but TADHack is for everyone.
In preparing for TADHack-mini Orlando bring your favorite development tools, if you have none, do not worry, some sponsors have simple graphical tools you can use, you may join a team where some people may have a preferred tool, and the sponsors are there to help you – ask nicely and they’ll get in and help you code 🙂 Really, the techy side is secondary. The primary thing is thinking about all the problems you see in your life and those of friends, family and colleagues; have a think about how the sponsors’ capabilities can help solve those problems. Especially if they can help Orlando, see our Code for Orlando weblog. Here is an interview with a well-known uber-geek, Tim Panton, on how to approach hackathons for more guidance.
We also have a pre-event meet-up on Friday 24th March, 6-8 PM. Its a chance to meet the sponsors and Code for Orlando folks, network with everyone, and we’ll help you form teams if you’ve not done so already. This pre-event meet-up is optional, you can turn-up on Saturday 25th as we’ll still run through the sponsor’s resources, and help finalize teams.