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The Most Important Part of Your Hackathon? Your Sponsors.

The Most Important Part of Your Hackathon? Your Sponsors.

I sort of hate to say it: it’s not your food, it’s not your numbers, it’s not that awesome photo booth you ordered or that 3 AM snowball fight you organized. The most important part of your hackathon is probably your sponsors. And not just how much they’re paying—although that matters, too—but who’s paying. Who are you inviting to your hackathon? Who’s getting access to your mailing list? Remember: You are selling me. I am your product. As the …

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On Interning at Valve

On Interning at Valve

How I got my internship People often say that success happens when preparation meets luck. It’s trite, but in my case it was true.

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Freshman-Friendly Recruiting

The software industry has an intense recruiting system for internships. A supply-and-demand problem is part of the reason that it’s so crazy–there are many more employers than interns.

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Homegrown Computer Science for Middle Schoolers

It’s CSEdWeek, everyone! CSEdWeek is a nationally recognized celebration of K-12 computer science education. This week, CSEdWeek is December 9 to December 15, 2012.

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Productivity Begets Productivity

Productivity Begets Productivity

My friend Eliot has started a project to measure his work habits, and is searching for conclusions in the data he collects. And because Eliot is a statistics major, he’s been able to draw some of those conclusions–or at least sketch some hunches.

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How to Reinforce Impostor Syndrome

“You only got that internship because you’re a woman,” P. said. I was floored. Now, I’ve taken my fair share of shit from people. I’ve had people call me a bitch. I’ve had people call me whiny and ignorant. A stranger once aggressively diagnosed me with a mental condition. One of my peers used to keep a blog about how much she hated me. But this? This really stung. P. was a good friend of mine, …

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On Female-Friendly Design

On Female-Friendly Design

If you’re trying to design for women, start by solving real problems. Too often, marketers and product designers think that they can slap some pink on a product and women will flock to it. Remember Dell’s “Della” line for women? Or Bic for Her, the totally unnecessary ”pen for women” (and its ensuing Amazon reviews)? But let’s be honest: It’s not really a problem that the iPhone 5 doesn’t come in pink. It is a problem that …

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Not now? Yes, now.

Not now? Yes, now.

  Quick PSA, by way of one of my friends who actually knows something* about this: When companies publish software updates and security patches, hackers (not the good kind) can run a diff on the old software versus the new (patched) software and see just what hole the company was patching. They can then take advantage of that knowledge and attack computers that haven’t been updated yet; aka, the systems where someone has pressed “Not …

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Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Two of Penn’s Computer Science groups hosted an open forum on brogramming last night. Yes, you read me right. Brogramming. Or that awkward mashup-man of programmer and frat bro. We had an entire forum on brogramming–and, by extension, sexism in computer science. (About two dozen people showed up.) This all started when Penn’s general computer science student group considered making “Brogrammer” shirts for a bacchanal Penn tradition. When this was proposed, there was some resistance which …

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