Why Hackathons Need Fewer Hackers

This is a lightly revised version of my article, Why Hackathons Need Fewer Hackers, which originally appeared on May 13, 2017, on Medium.

Hackers can code — but first they need an idea.

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Getting to Know Watson (Part 2): Earning 2nd Place at Galvanize’s Cognitive Builder Faire

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A screenshot of our demo of Kanye Watson at the Cognitive Builder Faire.

In April, I did something I’ve never done before: I participated in a hackathon. This post is part 2 of 2, and tells the insane story of how my team earned 2nd place at Galvanize’s Cognitive Builder Faire. Part 1 was Getting to Know Watson (Part 1): The Tools at Galvanize’s Cognitive Builder Faire.

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Getting to Know Watson (Part 1): The Tools at Galvanize’s Cognitive Builder Faire

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In April, I did something I’ve never done before: I participated in a hackathon. This post is part 1 of 2, and focuses on the tools I learned about at the hackathon.

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Link to My Article “Emerging technologies invite new marketplace competition” published in IAPP’s The Privacy Advisor

Article available here.

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Cases/News Issues Discussed at Hastings Law School’s “The Evolution of Privacy in the Age of Technology”

Today, I attended UC Hastings Law School’s “The Evolution of Privacy in the Age of Technology” which had two great panels and a great keynote speaker in between the panels.

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Strutting the Streets – No, Wait – Sidewalk: A Review of the Deliverybot Regulations Facing Dispatch

Ensuring that a self-driving vehicle is in compliance with all of the applicable regulations is never a small feat, but Stav Braun and her cofounders at Dispatch designed Carry, a motorized, self-driving, delivery vehicle, for the sidewalk.

As it turns out, such a design results in Carry falling outside of any current motor vehicle regulatory framework, including what was written to apply specifically to self-driving vehicles. The United States Postal Service recently issued a report which did address delivery robots, but the report merely noted that while both delivery drones and autonomous cars face “strict regulatory restrictions”, delivery robots do not. Stav is grateful that regulations that come closest to applying are at the local level, because at least that means that Stav and her cofounders get to “work with the local community and see where their concerns are.”

And what might some of those concerns be? As far as current regulations are concerned, Carry sparks this multipart question: “whether a motorized self-driving vehicle may travel up to 4 miles per hour via the sidewalk if it does not transport people”. Let’s start out with the legal challenges that face any motorized self-driving vehicle:
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EmTech DIGITAL 2016 – MIT Technology Review

Stay tuned for some tech talk translated! In the meantime, check out the sidebar on this post for a live Twitter feed of MIT Technology Review’s #EmTechDIGITAL 2016!

Debrief of “Zero Rating: ‘Access for All’ or Curbing Freedom of Expression?”


So, this is like a strange version of “Sophie’s Choice”….

Free Basics: “Free Basics by Facebook provides people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable. The websites are available for free without data charges, and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information. By introducing people to the benefits of the [I]nternet through these websites, we hope to bring more people online and help improve their lives.” Free Basics by Facebook

Zero Rating: “In a nutshell, zero-rating plans exempt particular data from counting against a user’s data cap, or from accruing any excess usage charges. The most dangerous of these plans, such as the AT&T and Verizon offerings, only offer their users zero-rated data from content providers who pay the carriers money to do so.” Zero Rating: What It Is and Why You Should Care

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Debrief of “Community, Coordination and Liberation – technology, safety & movement building in the global LGBTI community.”

The main theme addressed was “how can I use the Internet to empower me, rather than kill me?”
In this post, I added a tiny bit of humor for comedic relief. Otherwise, this subject is outside my knowledge area, so I’m reporting more than anything else. I was volunteering during the session, so it is my honor to share their messages.

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RightsCon 2016: Debrief of the panel “Ensuring Users’ Rights are part of Internet Governance Debates”

Quick points from the “Ensuring Users’ Rights are part of Internet Governance Debates” panel:

“The Internet policy world seems to want to stay exclusive. For instance, they use a lot of acronyms. And the same people show up to these conferences year after year. Next year, when you sign up, you should have to bring a friend too.”

My solution?
Buy one ticket get one free 😉

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