MLK weekend may have been a relaxing three day weekend for you, but our Developer Evangelist was on a non-stop trip to mentor student hackers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Stop 1: PennApps Winter 2015!
This is our second time at PennApps and they really know how to step it up. The organizers did a fantastic job and we were among some awesome and innovative companies like ThalmicLabs, Point.IO, Postmates, and Mashery. There were over 1,300 hackers this time from all around the world. Check out this clip to see what that looks like:
The goal is to solve real world problems and the Context.IO prize winner did just that. They were tired of showing up to class just to find out the professor had rescheduled or cancelled the class via email, so they used Context.IO and the Google calendar API to build Snowball. It’s a web app for students that works with a student email account and automatically updates your calendar and sends an alert to your Pebble watch when you receive an email about lecture or tutorial changes. What are they going to do next time class is cancelled? Our guess is a snowball fight. Congrats to Team Snowball on winning the Context.IO prize!
Stop Two: Microsoft Ventures
We always love supporting local entrepreneurs, so we participated in an open house at our old stomping grounds – Capital Factory in Austin TX. Microsoft Ventures Accelerator shared information about their next Seattle class, followed by Q/A and a pitch session. We think our Evangelist did the best pitch, but we didn’t get any pictures so you’ll have to take our word for it.
And now, we rest! (for a day or two at least).