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Coders Preparing Two-Month Hackathon on a Remote Tropical Island

Ioana Jelea

July 30, 2012

Coders Preparing Two-Month Hackathon on a Remote Tropical Island

A 2 month hackathon on a remote tropical island is one of these days` hot topics of discussion these days on the ycombinator forum, as reported by the BBC.

Project comehackwithus aims to bring together coding masterminds looking for an exotic location attractive enough to merit the travel, while also allowing potential participants to focus on work.

Like all other ambitious “looks like fun, but it`s just work” projects, this hackathon is seeking its own generous benefactors. “We’re looking into either getting the whole thing sponsored or charging a fee that will cover cost. Our target is not to make a profit, it is to have a great time working with inspiring people,” according to walterheck, initiator of the hacking getaway discussion.

With costs in mind, a selection process appears to be one of this event`s absolute musts. “It will be partly personal interviews, partly skills. In my previous experiences with communal living i have learned that even the most skilled people can be a total pain in the butt to live with. I wanna avoid that at all cost :”, added walterheck.

One participant to the discussion pitched in with remarks on the checklist for an optimum work environment. “* Mosquitoes really, really suck the fun and productivity out of sitting on a tropical beach coding. * To a lesser extent, so does sunburn. * Finding somewhere comfortable to sit in shade is crucial, and harder than you’d think, and lying is out (appealing though it may be). *”, adds crdoconnor.

The hype around the event hasn`t managed to bring in the much needed cash so far. “By the way guys, there’s nothing set in stone yet. We’re trying to put together an awesome event for all of us to benefit. Please send in your ideas/suggestions :-)”, said walterheck.

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