a journey and documentary exploring learning by building.
Innovation is a funny thing.
Sometimes, it seems to happen in isolation -- the cliched inventor sitting in his study, dreaming up fantastic new world-changing creations.
But more often than not, innovation follows an entirely different pattern. It happens when people congregate, discuss, learn, and just start building. The wave of "hackathons," and other Startup Weekend-esque events have shown that the best way to innovate isn't to sit around contemplating the next big thing, but to shut up and start building. The goal? Ideate, build, and launch a new business venture in 54 hours.
We believe that not only do these events showcase the pure power of execution and failure, but they teach those who attend numerous other invaluable skills. Even those who aren't entrepreneurs end having learned something about the world or themselves.
Hackathon, Inc is a film about that movement. For one summer, we'll visit as many hackathons, Startup Weekends, and hacker conferences as we can. We want to showcase what happens at the intersection of dedication, passion, belief, talent and innovation, and how we believe that that model can be applied at even bigger scales to cultivate true change.
As we progress, we'll document the journey on our website and blog, upload photos and video as it happens, and dissect what it is that make hackathons so powerful. We'll explore what it means to be a hacker in different parts of the US, from Silicon Alley to the Silicon Prairie to Silicon Valley and beyond. We'll find out how we can take the lessons learned from hackathons to heart in order to reinvent entrepreneurship education, especially among young people.
But we need your help to make it happen. We're raising funds on Kickstarter to pay for the travel costs and procuring better equipment to make the best film possible. Please help however you can. Thanks!
Brett and Nick
Good question. The video sucks, and we admit it.
Truth be told, we've only been to one Startup Weekend, StartupWeekend Des Moines, where this idea was originally conceived. By the time we decided to pursue this project, SWDSM was over. As college students just scraping by, we are unable to afford to attend any other fairly local Startup Weekend (such as Kansas City, which is in mid-April), so we found the livestream footage that we could and hacked something together that we hope will provide a good view into what we're trying to do, with the intention that the Kickstarter funds will enable us to go bigger and broader.
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We'll send you a rad #learnbybuilding wristband. We suggest you wear it to every hackathon because it attracts the ladies and, in a pinch, can be used to customize a can of pop so you won't get drink cooties. You also get an invaluable warm and fuzzy feeling inside.Estimated delivery:
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We'll send your very own DVD you can give to your mom to play on her CRT TV. Those still exist, right?Estimated delivery:
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We'll send you a fancy Hackthon, Inc #learnbybuilding tee-shirt and wrist band. You'll be the fashion statement of the decade.Estimated delivery:
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You'll get a wristband, a fancy tee-shirt, a DVD of the film, and one of our limited edition posters!Estimated delivery:
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We'll send you a few wristbands (they make great Christmas gifts), a fancy tee-shirt, and a DVD of the film. We'll also put your name in the credits, send you a special "Platinum Supporter" certificate of appreciation, and give you access to some of our raw footage to remix for yourself.Estimated delivery:
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We'll give you Executive Producer credit in the film. You'll also get an invitation to a private screening, dinner, several wristbands, and a night hanging out with us in Des Moines!Estimated delivery:
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