How I Landed a Software Engineering Internship at John Deere from a Hackathon
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by Fiona Whittington
3d ago
Hey! My name is Damir, and I’m a Computer Science undergraduate at the University of Illinois Springfield, set to graduate in Spring 2023. I have always been passionate about technology and programming, which led me to start attending hackathons in January 2021. To date, I have participated in numerous events and was named MLH Top 50. In this post, I’ll be sharing my experience of how participating in a hackathon helped me land a job as a Part-Time Software Engineering Intern at John Deere. TL;DR I participated in a hackathon at the University of Iowa, sponsored by John De ..read more
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Best Practices for Giving an API Demo at a Hackathon
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by Jon Gottfried
6d ago
Hackathons are a great opportunity to get real-time insights into how developers interact with your API. Due to the unique length and format of a hackathon, you can quickly and easily get feedback on all aspects of your product from the ease of your sign-up process to the quality of your documentation. Hackathons are also great for building brand awareness, getting new sign-ups, and generating interesting developer use cases that you can use in content pieces after the event.  A good API demo can set you on the path to achieving all of the above and more. It is a critical first touch poi ..read more
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Application Advice for Aspiring Student Ambassadors
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by Fiona Whittington
6d ago
Hi! I’m Bailey, a fourth-year Computer Security student at York University in Toronto, Canada!  I attended ElleHacks as my first hackathon in my first year of university and that’s when I learned about Major League Hacking (MLH).  I’ve been involved in MLH as an organizer for ElleHacks, a participant at Local Hack Days (now Global Hack Week), and most recently I’ve organized events on campus using the MLH Pizza Fund.  All of these experiences inspired and enabled me to become a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador (MLSA) last year! If you’re interested in the MLSA program or stud ..read more
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Meet Shubham Upadhyay, Hackathon Community Manager at Major League Hacking
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by Jackie Marcink
2w ago
Hello everyone! I’m Shubham Upadhyay, Hackathon Community Manager at MLH in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Let me give a quick introduction about myself and take you through my roller-coaster journey starting from college to working at MLH. I graduated from SRM University in May 2020 with a specialization in Computer Science. Like most other graduates in India, I was really unsure about what to do, but since Computer Science was something that was really popular, I went ahead with it. Who knew I’d be in for a treat? But to be honest, I was still unsure about what to do next. Ever since  ..read more
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Meet Maria Dunning, Hackathon Community Manager at Major League Hacking
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by Jackie Marcink
2w ago
Hello everyone! I’m Maria Dunning, MLH Hackathon Community Manager at Major League Hacking (MLH), and this is my journey from student hacker to joining MLH full-time! I started attending hackathons in 2016 after my Intro to Computer Science class at The University of Texas at Dallas had a guest come to our classroom to talk about different ways to learn new technologies. TAMUHack was my first hackathon, and I learned a lot that weekend. Not only did my team pivot project ideas multiple times, but we also had to change platforms. One of my recommendations for new hackers is to download IDE’s a ..read more
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Building Products for a Global Audience at LinkedIn with Thao Bach, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn
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by Fiona Whittington
3w ago
In this episode, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn Thao Bach illuminates the differences between LinkedIn from region to region and describes the behavior that drives development. She also discusses what college did not prepare her for, the exciting world of open source, and the pros/cons of obtaining a degree vs. a nontraditional route. About our Guest Thao Bach is a Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn Mountain View and Co-President of Mount Holyoke’s Computer Science Society. Her experience spans the development of open-source, closed-source, and consumer-facing software. She is a stro ..read more
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The Art and Science of Mastering Your Craft with Sandile Keswa, Senior Software Engineer at Google
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by Fiona Whittington
3w ago
What is the best career path for a new developer? Should you go to college? What about grad school? Regardless of your path, getting involved in the open-source community is a smart way to learn, collaborate, and build a strong portfolio.  In this interview, Senior Software Engineer at Google Research Sandile Keswa discusses hybrid learning models in education, how to get involved in open source, and advice for up-and-coming developers.  Episode Resources Sandile Keswa Google Research GitHub Subscribe Spotify Apple Podcast Website Transcript Jon Gottfried: Hi everyone. I’m Jon ..read more
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Mentoring and Educating the Developers: The Role of DevRels with Vyshakh Babji, Global Lead of DevRel at Shippo
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by Fiona Whittington
3w ago
In this episode, Global Lead of DevRel at Shippo Vyshakh Babji discusses developer relations and the role they have been playing in educating and mentoring developers in the tech space, ways a developer can improve their knowledge, and why a developer needs to have a technical mentor in the community. They also advise SaaS companies that develop platforms that developers work on.  About our Guest Vyshakh Babji is the Global Lead of DevRel at Shippo, a multi-carrier shipping software for e-commerce businesses. He is vastly experienced in Android software development and educating th ..read more
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The Essentials of an Open Source Mindset with Aliza Carpio, Tech Evangelist at Autodesk
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by Fiona Whittington
3w ago
In this episode, Tech Evangelist at Autodesk Aliza Carpio discusses her incredible career, pivoting from engineer to marketer to product specialist, why communication is one of the most underrated skills, mentors who have influenced her, and what she loves about hackathons. This interview is full of practical career advice for up-and-coming developers, and she outlines simple hacks to speed up your career development and upgrade your skill set. About our Guest Aliza Carpio is a technologist, open-source leader, inventor, and blogger. She has a unique skill set in various disciplines, includi ..read more
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8 Ways to Earn Major League Hacking Swag in 2023
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by Fiona Whittington
3w ago
Scrolling through social media and wondering how you can get your hands on some new Major League Hacking (MLH) swag? Check out this guide on how to receive every single swag item we’re giving away this year.  1. Participate in an MLH Member Event Each season, MLH supports hackathons hosted around the world! Everyone who participates in one of our in-person MLH Member Events hosted in North America will receive our 2023 season t-shirt and stickers. For all other events, participants will receive our season stickers. 2. Register for Global Hack Week  Global Hack Week is our beginner ..read more
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