Some time ago, I got a message. It was from a friend, an attendee of one IUEE13 workshop in Sacramento, which was a programming workshop that I helped facilitate. The message said: "hey Edward! How's it going? I'm at the Sacramento Hackathon.
The IUEE hackathon continues, & the students almost all have their apps in alpha. They worked together very hard to get their apps to this point. They used online resources to learn what they need & asked us facilitators when they got stuck. Through their perseverance, they made apps that work for the most part.
We are in another Code for Good Hackathon, this one is part of the Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience [IUEE]. From June 10 - 20, Contra Costa College students fly to Chandler Gilbert College, a community college in Arizona. We are facilitating 2 separate hackathon there. In each hackathon group, there are 9 teams, each with about 6 people; there are around 120 people total in these hackathons. This is the 1st time we participated in a hackathon at this scale.
For being something new to all of us, doing this Virtual Hackathon last weekend varied between going very smoothly and throwing problems at us that no one expected. Just as everyone put a lot into hacking up project code, a lot went into making the Virtual Hackathon possible.