Where can you get a private barista and unlimited lollies whilst learning new skills? A hackathon of course!
November 5, 2019
Jess is studying a double degree in biomedical engineering and computer science. She’s also an intern on the myWizard team and a mentor at a recent Accenture hackathon. Here she spills the beans on what happens during Accenture Hackathon and why you should attend.
A hackathon is a fantastic way for you and your mates to spend a weekend discovering what it’s like to work at Accenture, learn new skills, make connections – and meet potential recruiters!
With some of the participants of the hackathon
The Accenture hackathon has a theme typically relevant to current technology trends. What you decide to design and implement is up to you. You have absolute freedom to work on a topic you are interested in. I find that this is a refreshing change from the structured nature of the typical uni curriculum. At the hackathon, you are encouraged to think critically and be autonomous in your decision-making.
There was a huge turn-out during the event, and the groups were made up of people with diverse backgrounds. It was great to see the different skills people offered, whether it was their technical skills, problem solving, or lateral thinking, all complement each other.
A great project that came out of the previous blockchain hackathon in Sydney, confronted the issue of charity transparency. They tackled the question – when you donate to an organisation, how do you know it’s actually going to the cause? Can blockchain give donors confidence their money is being well spent? This team proved it can.
Presenting at the hackathon
Another team developed a prototype platform, particularly relevant to the younger generations, which hosted third-party tickets which guaranteed verified and legitimate tickets to prevent buyers being ripped off. It’s really interesting to see people working on real-world problems they care about – and great to see their satisfaction when they come up with MVPs (minimal viable products) in less than 48 hours.
As a mentor, I was there as a sounding board, to offer another perspective and answer technical questions. I also helped my teams stay on track, steering them away from rabbit holes. The ideation process was impressive and presented some really creative ideas and solutions utilising blockchain.
Full disclosure: it is an intense experience. You can expect to challenge yourself. Coding started at 11am on Saturday and stopped at noon on Sunday. In the morning, we helped them iron out the kinks with a yoga class before coffee and breakfast.
After lunch on the Sunday, we had two rounds of presentations. One presentation was to the mentors to get down to the top 10 and then the final round to Accenture leaders. The weekend rounded off with some pretty awesome prize giving.
After that it was the most valuable moment of all: nibbles and networking with Accenture managers and recruiters from different parts of the business.
If you’ve ever been curious about a career aligned with technology, I highly recommend coming along to a hackathon. Take the challenge and spend a fun weekend finding out what a career in technology really looks like. Bring a group of mates – or come on your own. Everyone is welcome.
Exploring monumental Rocky Mountain glaciers with three other Aussies who
have also never seen so such a large body of ice.