Hackathon October 16-18

Join us for Alaska’s First Virtual Statewide Hackathon. Register Today

The Alaska Developers Alliance’s second STATEWIDE Hackathon October 16-18 2020.  This event will be held virtually and provide an opportunity for students, developers, and anyone interested in hacking hardware of software, regardless of discipline or skill level, to come together and build whatever they can imagine. This year’s event will be a bit different from a traditional hackathon as we will not only be hacking on technology but also on people’s careers.  Think of it as part career fair, part hackathon. 

In addition to the normal technological aspects of a hackathon, we will be focusing on providing hiring and skill development opportunities for all participants  We are coordinating with a variety of local businesses to find and present projects, meet participants, and get acquainted with our Alaskan talent.  Additionally, we’ll have volunteers standing by throughout the hackathon to do resume review, mock interviews, and chat about general career advice in the technology industry.  

The hAKathon will kickoff Friday, Oct 16th at 6 PM, and will conclude project presentations, beginning at 5 PM on Oct. 18th.  The media is encouraged to attend anytime during the event to observe and interact with teams as they are working.  Media interested in attending the Hackathon or scheduling interviews should contact Dave Bechberger at community@akdevalliance.com.

The AK Dev Alliance is asking for any organization that has interesting and challenging problems to submit possible topics to be addressed during the hackathon. Interested organizations can submit their proposals to info@akdevalliance.com.

Schedule for the Weekend

Friday Oct 16th 2020

  • 5:30pm — Hackathon Social
  • 6:00pm — Kickoff
  • 6:15pm — Mentor Introductions
  • 6:45pm — Project Pitches
  • 7:45pm — Team Forming
  • 9:00pm — Start Hacking

Saturday Oct 17th 2020

  • 10:00am — Standup
  • 1:00pm — 3:00pm — Career Development Workshop
  • 3:30pm — 5:00pm — Interview Practice
  • 8:00pm — Project Standup
  • 9:00pm — Overnight — More Hacking!

Sunday Oct 18th 2020

  • 10:00am — Standup
  • 1:00pm — 3:00pm — Career Development Workshop
  • 4:00pm — Project Submissions Due
  • 5:00pm — Keynote Wrap-up
  • 5:00pm — Announcements & Awards
  • 6:00pm — End / Socialize

How is this different from a normal Hackathon?

Due to the unusual circumstances of this year, we are looking to provide a hackathon type experience with a twist.  In addition to the normal technical aspects of a hackathon we have a particular focus on helping arm the participants with the skills needed to land, or expand their career prospects within Alaska. 

Why should you participate?

The AK Dev Alliance hAKathon is a great opportunity to stretch not only your technical expertise but to network with the greater AK technology community.  It provides unique opportunities to work with other talented individuals and expand your network with individuals with connections both inside and outside Alaska. 

I am interested, how can I participate?

We are looking for all sorts of participants to join in on the hackathon  The hAKathon is open to all professional and nonprofessional technology enthusiasts.  If you are interested in joining a project, please sign up to participate here.

I am a company, how can I participate?

No matter if you have a project you’d like assistance on, want to promote the hAKathon internally, or want to help sponsor the AK Dev Alliance would love to partner with you to help promote your business to our members.  Contact Dave Bechberger at community@akdevalliance.com to discuss the opportunities available.

Why a career fair at a hackathon?

With more and more technology jobs moving to a remote-friendly workplace we believe that Alaska, with its high quality of life and low cost of living, is uniquely situated to offer a highly skilled workforce capable of filling these highly skilled and high earning positions.  Over the past few months, we have already seen this come to fruition with several members of the AK Dev Alliance joining the top 5 technology companies.

Meet our Mentors!

Melissa Moody

Digital Strategy Expert, Prev. Google.

 Melissa Moody is a passionate advocate for fast, frictionless experiences on the web and a trusted consultant in digital marketing strategy.  Over a thirteen-year career at Google, she implemented multi-channel digital marketing strategy, led market analysis, and managed global product education programs. Most recently, Melissa consulted on mobile web technologies and strategy for Google’s largest travel advertisers, including Expedia and Airbnb. She enjoys presenting on the topic of digital excellence and has done so for organizations such as The American Marketing Association, SMX Advanced, The Alaska Tourism Industry Association, and Grow with Google. She currently serves in advisory roles for ATIA, 49th State Angel Fund, and the Dartmouth Club of Alaska. Melissa lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her family and spends her free time being active outdoors, traveling the world, and reading.

Dave Bechberger

Sr. Graph Architect, AWS

Dave literally wrote the book on graph databases. With over 20 years of experience in distributed software architecture and development. He is a recognized thought leader in applying graph databases to build complex distributed data architectures. Dave has consulted or led projects in a wide range of industries including finance, bioinformatics, oil & gas, and supply chain management. He is known for his pragmatic approach to developing complex data architectures for companies ranging from single person development teams, to silicon valley startups, to the worlds leading cloud provider. He is currently a Sr. Graph Architect on the Amazon Neptune team where he assists customers in building some of the largest distributed graph backed applications in the world. Dave is the author of Graph Databases in Action by Manning publications and has spoken at national and international conferences about practical approaches to applying graph databases to solve complex business problems.  

Adam Link

Senior Software Engineer, Coinbase

Adam Link, CISSP, CEH, CHFI is a cybersecurity and infrastructure engineer with a history of building technology companies. He has experience in the finance, blockchain, and mobile industries. He holds 7 AWS certifications, including both Professional certifications and the Security Specialty. He has spoken at conferences around the world on engineering best practices for accelerating company goals. He has his BSB in Finance, his Masters in Cybersecurity, and is working on his Doctorate in Computer Science.


Jill M Brandenberger

Brian Walch

Head of Recruiting and Project Manager, Resource Data, Inc

Hello and welcome! I’ve been involved in software development for almost 25 years, from development to project management to HR. I love the industry and am always eager to discuss how to capitalize on opportunities in the industry and build a rewarding career. Some of my experience has come through my own wins and losses, and a lot has come through working with others. I’ve spent the last 15 years overseeing recruiting and have interviewed thousands of people at all levels, from people just getting interested in the field, to new graduates, to experienced professionals. I look forward to assisting anyone, whether it be reviewing your resume, searching for a job, or just contemplating life.

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