CO:Members Attend ATHENAtechne Hackathon

CO:Members Attend ATHENAtechne Hackathon

Memphis held its’ first ever women’s Hackathon late last month at the Fedex Institute of Technology in the hopes of “cultivating a positive environment for women in technology from across the region.” Molly Plyler and Christen Harper, two Dev Catalyst team members at theCO, attended the event which only lasted a short 24 hours.

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What is a hackathon?

What is a hackathon?

Jackson will see its first ever hackathon this August, and theCO is excited to host it. But you may be thinking—what is a hackathon?

“Hackathon” is pulled together from the words “hack” and “marathon” and typically last several days while people (in this case, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers) meet to collaborate on computer programming. This hackathon will be an entire weekend event, lasting from Friday, August 17th at 5:30pm to Sunday, August 19th to 5:30pm with the theme being “It’s Always Been Done This Way” in an effort to encourage hackers to use their ingenuity and creativity to come up with new and improved tech solutions to old problems.

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Great Risk Equal Great Reward at theCO

Great Risk Equal Great Reward at theCO

“This is typical Berlin hot air. The product is worthless,” wrote Heinrich Dreser, head of Bayer’s Pharmacological Institute, rejecting an invention by German chemist Felix Hoffman: the aspirin.

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” scoffed Ken Olson, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, in 1977.

“The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible,” a Yale professor responded to Fred Smith’s paper, which proposed reliable overnight delivery. Smith went on to found FedEx.

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Happy New Year! (Almost.)

Happy New Year! (Almost.)

Yet another year has come and gone as if 366 days (Leap year, remember?) never stood between it. However, a lot can happen in a year, especially if you’re running a business. theCO wants to be the first to congratulate you and your business on all that you’ve accomplished. We also want to be the first to encourage those wishing their ideas would just take off: there is never a better time to start than now! We’ve been busy, but have you? A new year is the perfect chance to get your priorities straightened out and realize there are a lot of helpful resources right in your own backyard. These resources happen to live in a magical world called theCO

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