December 11, 2014
Old School Reading for New Founders Part 1
Writer James Baldwin once said, “You’ve got to know where you came from, to know where you’re going.” This list is meant to offer a ...
On Oct 23-24th Heavybit hosted the BVP Hackathon – an event where more than 50 developers, community partners and tech companies came together to attempt to solve a Bay Area problem. To kick off the event, Bessemer Ventures Partners’ Operating Partner Mark Bercow welcomed attendees and introduced the rules of engagement and the partners involved in the event.
In order to set the stage for attendees, community partners offered high level problem statements on topics such as homelessness, housing, pedestrian safety, jobs, citizen engagement and food security. Attendees enjoyed presentations from Natalie Burdick of Walk SF and the Vision Zero Initiative, Mallory Hassick of Episcopal Community Services, Andrew Hyder of Code for America and Peter Masiak of the San Francisco Mid-Market Citizen’s Advisory Committee. From there, platform partners from Auth0, Intercom, Keen IO, Nitrous.io, NPM, Particle.io, Sendgrid and Twilio presented useful resources and documentation.
At around 9pm, attendees then formed teams and spent the rest of the night doing field research, identifying the scope of their app, and developing it. Many teams worked through the night to complete their applications. Some went as far as to visit the local shelter and do onsite user experience research prior to building their projects.
The next day at 5pm, teams presented their apps to other attendees and to a panel of tech experts. Judges included Heavybit and Heroku founder James Lindenbaum, Bessemer Venture Partners’ Sunil Nagaraj, Github’s VP of Product Management Kakul Srivastava, npm Founder Isaac Shlueter and Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson. Judging criteria was based on the ability to solve a problem and technical execution of the app itself.
In total there were twelve amazing teams and they each came out with some really great projects. Check out the rest of these awesome presentations in this YouTube album.
On behalf of Heavybit and Bessemer Venture Partners, we want to thank everyone involved in this event. For photos from the event, check our Flickr page. If you’d like to stay connected to BVP, subscribe to their blog or consider applying to their portfolio company jobs at jobs.bvp.com. If you’d like to stay connected to Heavybit, subscribe to event updates, check out the Heavybit Library, and apply to member company jobs at devcojobs.com.