Day 1 of Summer Internship Hackathon for Computer Science students

Was a great day at Agileana because we started our Summer Internship Hackathon attended by;

  • Claire Scoggins, 2016 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)
  • John Nguyen, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Christopher Hoang, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Joyce Duan, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Pranav Gulati, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Kunal Naik, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Farhan Farooqui, 2016 graduate of Chantilly High School
  • Sydney Grace Miller, 2016 graduate of TJHSST
  • Jenny Zhang, rising senior at TJHSST
  • Jessie Shen, rising senior at TJHSST

Agenda for the day:

  • Introductions
  • Raison d’etre (Why is everybody here)
  • Social media protocol
  • Inspiration (Hotmail, Duolingo, Flickr, PayPal)
  • Introduction to agile development
  • Introduction to the products

What I thought was cool about today:

  • Claire and Chris showed up an hour early, I like that!
  • Sydney just got back from Barcelona and only had a few hours of sleep but sucked it up
  • Farhan stayed well into the night and was the last person to leave
  • Some of these folks are off to Yale, Berkeley, Michigan, UVA, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon
  • Some really expressed appreciation and gratitude for our hospitality and catering, thank you!
  • Nobody decided to ditch us after lunch

Over the course of the next 6 weeks, these 17-18 year old high school graduates will create a startup, software as a service (SaaS), web application using agile development and lean startup methodologies.  They get to work on a real-world application in a real-life scenario, which will help prepare them for college and career.  People get to learn how to collaborate as a team and go through the natural processes of team development: form, storm, norm, perform.  We will meet new people, develop relationships, learn something new, and apply our skills in new ways.  Meanwhile, a traction team will focus on growth hacking to verify the market, gain traction, and a pursue hockey stick growth trajectory.