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Being a hackathon newbie until this weekend, I had always imagined hackathons as a room filled with glasses wearing programming nerds. Bartending my first, I realized that they are fun, bonding experiences filled with innovation and networking opportunities.
I served as bartender of the “Byte Bar” which was sponsored by Byte Academy, the coding bootcamp that partnered with StartupBootcamp FinTech, a global accelerator, on the event. This was StartupBootcamp’s first hackathon in the United States and appropriately called FinTech City Never Sleeps. Developers, VCs, designers, and more from across industries came together to solve some of the greatest challenges in financial technology. Categories of challenges included Financial Trust, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Financial Inclusion, and Target Niche Banking. Technology, energy drinks, banks and companies from around the world sponsored the event, even providing beer openers (thank you Xignite for making my life easier…)
Aside from the enrollees, comedians, industry experts, volunteers and business minds contributed to the 24 hour event. Cody Hess, a coding instructor, MC’ed the orchestration. His programming jokes still make me laugh..
Topics: students hackathon Light Reads programming bootcamp
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Nathaniel - "Nat" - Greenwald, a statistics major in his twenties, decided to break into data science by enrolling in Byte Academy coding bootcamp. Nat now has an exciting career working as a data integration engineer in the AdTech industry. Read about Nat's personal experience learning to code in addition to his career tips and advice to those who may want to follow in his footsteps.