"Don't lone wolf it!"
Special Guest episode!! 🎊 People love special guest eps (with Mel and Derrick) and I'm always keeping an ear out for a story I can tell. At the midpoint of Senior Phase in many bootcamps is a hackathon (which we call a "Stackathon" of course) where you have 3-4 days' free reign to hack on whatever it is you want and finally present to peers and judges. David Ko came out of total stealth with a jaw-dropping demo of HotSpot, his Hotjar clone, and I knew I had to have him on as a guest to talk about the experience!
What's your background? Cornell Pre-Med, self-taught SQL/VBA doing clinical trials (example data analysis in Python and Google BigQuery). Roommate also did Fullstack and now works at Spotify.
How was your Stackathon experience? One of the most stressful periods of his life.
What did people do for Stackathon projects? See image above in show notes
Mitigating Tech Risk: Custom modal and root onClickHandler
Exploiting bubbling event propagation
Overlaying the data on the screen
Transforming numbers to colors in D3
Using React with D3, jQuery with React
How was the Presentation? Keep the suspense.
My Stackathon - a React Native boilerplate
Capstone expectations? No games - making a developer tool (Note from the future: He actually did! He worked with Eli and we will be checking in with her about that project in a future episode)
Visualizing algorithms and data structures
Advice for people considering bootcamps? Important to reach out to others, keep an open mind, don't "lone wolf" it.
- David's Winning Stackathon: HotSpot (Video Presentation - Working Demo - Github) - Won Mad Science Award
- Hotjar (existing real business that David basically cloned)
- David's Tech Talk (D3.js with ReactJS)
- David on Github and Linkedin
- My Stackathon Presentation (CrossBones - Github) - Won Fullstackian Award