Sabio fellows have a tradition of excelling at hackathons. Competing in hackathons is very much part of Sabio’s culture and instructional mission to have developers working on a project as a team on a tight deadline. On November 27-28, 2017, seven Sabio teams competed in the AutoMobility LA Hackathon at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and Team Wing won 2nd prize at the event. This was the latest competition for Sabio fellows to publicly display their skills. The theme of the event was providing solutions for drivers and passengers that addressed traffic and safety.
The Sabio team won 2nd prize and teamed up to create a web application that could be used for traveling to significantly large public events. The team won $2,500 from the competition, and Sabio kicked in another $2,000 as an incentive, totaling $4500 in winnings. The team built a website that can access the Application Programming Interface (API) of a connected autonomous vehicle (a driverless, or robotic car).
Hackathons vary greatly in their skillset, requirement, and sponsorship. Sabio has participated and succeeded at many different hackathons including Sabio Cohort Eight winning the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon in July 2015, Sabio fellows winning first place at Techweek, LA November 2015, Nicki Klein & Melissa Hargis bootstrapping their start-up with hackathon wins, Ken Nnaoji who won $10,000 at a hackathon in April 2016, and Billy Martin who won at VetsHack in September.
Victor Campos, the Vice President of Engineering at Sabio who teaches at Sabio’s Newport Beach location shared his observations about some of the fellows who are still in bootcamp when they competed in the AutoMobility LA Hackathon last month.
“The fellows are a little bit nervous when we announce that we will be participating in a hackathon like this one. Like any other nerve-wracking event, you don’t overthink it, you just do it. The nervous point was walking in, but once they arrived here, they realized that it was time to code,” Victor said.
In addition to providing real-world experience of working on a tight deadline in a pressure-filled environment, hackathons are also a place where businesses scout talent. Fellows get an opportunity to network and to learn about new professional opportunities. In addition, if a Fellow places in competition, he/she can add ‘award-winning developer’ to her resume.
Julia Wells, also a Sabio fellow, who competed in many hackathons over the past four-plus years credits hackathon wins for helping her land her first job in tech:
“I credit having a hackathon win on my resume, before I even had my first tech job, with the fact I got a job offer within two weeks of graduation. I have won awards at four out of nine hackathons I've entered; I won my fourth while at my last job, and my boss even gave me a $6,000 raise for making the company look good. In every interview, I've been on (and I'm on my fourth post-Sabio job), the potential employers have wanted to talk about my hackathon experiences. It's easy to draw a clear line between hackathons--where you have a short amount of time to deliver a team-based solution--and everyday work life as a professional engineer; it's great training,” Julia explained.
Want to learn more about opportunities like this? Check out the Sabio page on SwitchUp. Learn more about Sabio's courses, and how you could participate in a hackathon as a Sabio Fellow.