November 15, 2019

Hackathon to Prove Idea

Josh Kennedy @estafette72

I pitched my idea at a local two-day hackathon and had 11 other folks team up with me to see how much we could build in two days. They absolutely crushed it - we surpassed our initial MVP before lunch on the first day and just continued adding features until our time ran out.

It was a super collaborative process and everyone seemed bought in on the idea, each bringing ideas to the table to make it better. Not one line of the code we wrote will ever see the light of day, but it was validating to me for several reasons:

  1. My peers and other folks thought the idea had legs - it's something they would personally use.
  2. We were able to put together a relatively robust MVP in a short amount of time and iterate on it.
  3. The mechanisms of building it were simple enough for me to feel confident I could figure it out on my own.
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