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Now I'm a HackLondoner.

Now I'm a HackLondoner.

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As a KCL Tech committee member, I've witnessed the successes of a long list of events that KCL Tech had made. Now I am proud to say, there is another event to be added to the list and I was one of the team members organizing it. It is "the most epic UK hackathon (What is a hackathon?) yet", HackLondon , hosted by KCL Tech, UCL Tech and UCLe. HackLondon aimed to be the biggest and the best student hackathon in the UK. I should say, it is super awesome. We've gathered 200 hackers at King's Strand Campus, serving them with free food and drinks, shower room, mini events, and amazing prizes. To be honest I can hardly see other hackathons that can give out as many prizes as HackLondon. We treated winner teams with Quadcopter, Spero, Fitbit Flex, Raspberry Pis, Justeat Vouchers, Bitcoins, Pebble Smartwatches, even cash and Fast-Track Internship. Also, we made the biggest food order.

(Photo credit: HackLondon / Nikita Le Messurier)

As I knew before, hackathon is an event, or should I say, a contest, where people compete to win prizes. But everything in my mind was changed after I started organizing HackLondon. HackLondon is an event where people help each others at their best. I heard about that KCL Robotics supported us with all they had, I knew that people who were not in KCL Tech would like to be the first aider, and I have to say every team member in the society was doing their best to support each other. (love you all, guys)

(Photo credit: HackLondon / Nikita Le Messurier)

On the other hand, people may say hackathons are about winners. Honestly speaking, I really really admire Phil, who gave a talk about winning (strongly recommended). Due to my poor language skill, I can't explain this in a suitable way. But what I really know is, all the people who showed up at HackLondon are already winners, including those 'losers', sponsors, and the organizers (ourselves). For myself, I won the chance to cooperate with others, to speak loud, to 'show off', to meet new people, to greet old friends, to teach people, etc etc. This is my first time being a team member organizing a hackathon, there are still going to be many waiting but I already start to miss HackLondon, which is so special and so meaningful to me.

I don't know if I should say more. HackLondon also gave me the chance to think of my shortages. Team, maybe you think, Clare, you should do the design, and I think so too. But HackLondon tells me I should do more. I have no ability to get that many sponsors on board, I cannot even nagotiate with King's Venue who provided the whole campus, and also I'm too afraid to give a presentation in front of 200 people. But of course I will try to get these skills, making myself stronger. CLA_3643

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Time for sleep. More details about HackLondon can be found at HackLondon.org There're several articles about HackLondon: King's News: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2015/March/Kings-hosts-24-hour-hackathon-.aspx

Happy hacking. #hacklondon

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