Spoke at the UCD Dublin Performance Engineering Lab, read more on their website here.

Abstract: Hackathons have recently become a trend amongst many large universities, redefining what it means to be a “hacker” and bringing computer science education to students outside of the classroom. In a span of 24 hours, groups of students from hundreds of universities team up to learn new technologies and build projects with the goal of creating solutions to real-world problems. The modern collegiate hackathon gives innovative students a platform for turning ideas into realities and pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. As the modern workforce demands a greater amount of technical literacy, computer science education is essential in building an innovative future. Hands-on learning, through hackathons and entrepreneurship, gives students a unique exposure to technology – helping to fill the deficit of technical talent required for the 21st century.