Fall In vets hackathon recently brought together talented individuals from around the world, from Ukrainian guests, Ph.D. students, Machine Learning devs to full-stack engineers. It was an amazing event that brought tech enthusiasts from all over the world together to create solutions to real world problems and to support Ukrainians in a meaningful way. The Fall In veterans hackathon was sponsored by Zencastr, Curri, Donut, Sabio.
The hackathon, which took place in April in a network of Frames, had participants coding, attending workshops, participating in fun events, and networking, all in Frame. A hackathon is similar to a marathon – but instead of running from point A to point B in one day – it's about creating a product or service from concept to launch using creative strategies, also known as hacking.
Teams were judged based on the quality of their presentations, as well as their ability to explain how their tech works and how it could add value to humanitarian organizations and moreover the general populace in Ukraine.
The event was hosted by Fall In, a group that organizes events for veterans in the metaverse. The group has been working on humanitarian hackathons for some time now, including efforts to provide aid to homeless veterans in last year's November hackathon. "We want to tug on our spirit of service, skills and knowledge to help," said Jameel Matin, founder of Fall In. "The first step is gathering information about their situation and figuring out the main pain points."
If you've never been involved in a hackathon before, you can rest assured that they are a lot of fun. In fact, once you've participated in one, it's hard not to want to get involved in more throughout the year. And why not? It's a great way to meet mentors and new friends, learn a thing or two, and help out your fellow humans along the way. You don't even have to come up with a new idea if you don't feel like it — just use the hashtag to find a team that needs the support of another developer and join the fun!