blurred lines and hackathoning a salary

BLURRED LINES Kyle Fiedler (@kylefiedler)

Should designers code? Should they generalize or specialize? As a community we constantly reiterate these same arguments. What makes a great team is when each member’s lines of responsibility blurs into that of others. At thoughtbot, designers have a wide range of responsibilities from business strategy to graphic design, to implementing a great user experience in the app. Kyle discusses why this has been successful for their teams and how designer and developer lines blur together at thoughtbot.

HACKATHONING A SALARY Hannah Oppenheimer (@opihana)

Get rich quick! Or not. Either way, participating in a hackathon can be a rewarding (and weird) experience. I was lucky enough to win a few hackathons, earn $60,000 doing it, and even got a real job out of it. I’ll tell you what my teams did well, what we failed miserably on, and how it actually helped us become better developers and designers in a startup environment.


Huge thanks to our September sponsor, Keep Ruby Weird!!

Previous meetings

  • Style Guide Driven Development and Custom CSS Properties

    August 09, 2016

    Learn all about creating Live Style Guides, and the new custom properties in CSS.
  • Impostor Syndrome and Security for Non-hackers

    July 08, 2016

    This month we're discussing how to deal with impostor syndrome, and security best practices for everyone.
  • Javascript edition

    June 14, 2016

    Join us one more time for Refresh Austin Javascript edition!
  • Lightning Talks & #Prop1 Discussion

    May 10, 2016

    Lightning talks from community members and a community discussion on Prop1
  • Copywriting in Git and Life After Bootcamps

    April 12, 2016

    Michael Neal shows us how to use Git for copywriting, plus a life after bootcamp panel
  • sxsw-kickoff-lunch

    March 11, 2016

    Our yearly SXSW get together!
  • Bots on Botkit and Getting to 90000ft and back again

    February 09, 2016

    Michael Way shares how to create bots with botkit, and Tom Dickman and Shaun Dubuque share the do's and don'ts of launching a payload into the far reaches of the atmosphere
  • Securing Applications Without Compromising User Experience

    January 12, 2016

    David Vo talks about how security and user experience can work together

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