#hackademics: how hacker culture is changing recruitment
A solid GPA from an impressive school guarantees a decent job.
With some outstanding exceptions, this has been correct for most of the past decades.
These outstanding exceptions raise the threshold and usher in an era of creators who prove their abilities through their own architecture and knowledge, not through their alma mater or even GPA.
These young creators are now entering the job market and changing the hiring industry, which is most obvious in the tech world.
2013 is the year of the hackathon.
For any non-
In the tech world, the word \"hackathon\" may sound like an anonymous Olympics.
Anonymous, however, no longer defines rigid \"hackers \".
\"Hacking in the tech community refers to rapid prototyping and quick learning and iteration from failures.
It emphasizes the creativity of solving problems in an unconventional way.
Hackathon, an activity in which programmers work together to build products to demonstrate their coding skills, is becoming a hotbed for developing this mindset. (
Photo: Sam Gus/@ quietlykrazy)
The concept of the hackathon began with Facebook, and was later accepted as an event at the University of Pennsylvania, and has now become mainstream.
From Tel Aviv to Toronto, hackathons are everywhere, showing us the incredible results of bringing together creators. (
Photo: Sam Gus/@ quietlykrazy)
The hackathon also started to serve other purposes.
Last fall, universities and technology companies across the country opened their campuses to hundreds of hackers, mainly students majoring in computer science.
Many tech companies sponsor these activities by offering food and energy drinks to maintain the appetite of college students.
Although there are hundreds of sugar
High school students in the night out may sound like the reason for the panic, these hackathons are producing extraordinary products and giving students the opportunity to develop personal projects and interact with others in the tech world, and are sought to recruit from a limited pool of companies.
New start-ups emerged during these weekend events, most notably Firefly, a joint browsing platform created by four Penn students at PennApps.
Other products have adapted existing technologies, such as speake in Michigan, a platform that allows users to chat with each other in one language and actively translate conversations into another.
Vivek Karuturi, co-founder of HackTX, said the hackathons are important because they gather talented people.
\"We feel like there\'s a gap in the University of Texas where the community of builders and engineers is not really connected in the way they should.
HackTX is where we try to combine these people with their skills to inspire creativity, \"explains Karuturi, who worked as a software development intern at Facebook last summer.
\"I don\'t see a bigger hacker culture supporter in tech companies than Facebook,\" Karuturi continued . \".
\"A big part of their work culture includes holding hackathons that allow employees to engage in fun little hacks that often turn into products.
Once popular \"like\" buttons and even \"time\" can be traced back to the Facebook hackathon.
Every morning I walk through the courtyard of FBHQ, where the deep-rooted big letter \"hacker\" keeps reminding me of this culture.
\"Other companies are also starting to realize the potential of the hackathon.
Many of them sponsor events and encourage participants to use their products and APIs to win prizes they offer.
The context was used by HackTX participant Sunny Olszewski.
Io\'s email API for building help hotlines for automated email routing services.
After receiving a cash award for work, he integrated the tool into Pinecone, a startup he is developing to help companies streamline the onboarding process for new employees.
Technology companies will also send engineers to guide students and explore talents in the hackathon race.
The company wants to work with individuals they believe are innovative and forward-looking --
Thinking, candidates can be entrepreneurs within their organization, so the hackathon is the ideal way.
Companies are also starting to create their own programming challenges, generating more interest from potential recruits.
This has shown hope;
Silicon Valley-based HackerRank, formerly known as InterviewStreet, is a platform for individuals to address programming challenges in different areas of computer science.
The company also sells corporate services to thousands of tech companies that host programming contests and interview potential recruits on the platform.
Such initiatives bring us closer to the ideal of value --
Real skills are the most important difference between candidates.
\"The world should be built like this,\" says Vivek Ravisankar, founder of HackerRank . \".
\"The only thing that matters should be skills, not the candidate\'s alma mater or the company they have worked for before.
We are raving the world to the ground.
It\'s like a playground for hackers to solve interesting problems, learn new algorithms, and get in touch with the company if they like the job.
\"Ravishankar\'s platform has helped a number of participants, including Khasan Bold in Mongolia, to find a job at a well-known Silicon Valley company.
After taking part in a code design competition, Khasan was interviewed by the artificial intelligence company Rocket Fuel, a hacker contest that brought together programmers from all over the world.
According to their website, the HackerRank code \"provides a link between the most qualified candidates and the most innovative companies.
\"Khasan applied for rocket fuel through HackerRank\'s work list and is now a rocket scientist at the California company.
This year\'s competition will take place on January 17, with sponsors such as Square, Palantir and Evernote and 10,000 registered participants.
Techruit, a plan to be launched by three students at the University of Pennsylvania, is another startup that helps companies recruit students based on their programming skills.
The code and calculation of the applicant\'s platform for analysis CodeScore is based on how to develop
The code is written.
This will allow the recruiter to analyze the candidate\'s technical profile before deciding whether or not the candidate should be interviewed to better understand the candidate\'s technical capabilities.
Tanvir Ahmed, co-founder of Techruit and Penn senior, said, \"technical capabilities are becoming more and more important for the company.
The main points on the resume do not give recruiters the insight they need to hire great talent.
\"These recent educational trends highlight the socio-cultural transformation shown through hackathons and coding contests.
Educational space and recruitment space are growing together and moving in a new direction in which the idea of education as a lifelong process begins to be accepted by the industry.
Tools such as educational curriculum provider Udacity and educational certification platform degre further facilitate this change, making it easier for individuals to acquire new skills and demonstrate what they know.
Long live GPA, t\' is a beautiful number, but the future lies in people, not numbers, which is correct.
Special thanks to @ VivekxK for his contribution to this article.