The Dreamforce Hackathon…from an outsiders point of view

So a certain person (who shall remain nameless) managed to get me into the Dreamforce Hackathon for a couple hours….it was quite the enlightening experience. I saw many things:

I saw Adam Seligman…live and in the flesh. I’ve been connected to him through Twitter and the Success Community for a few years, but never had the pleasure of shaking his hand, until now.

I saw Reid Carlberg…I’ve met him before, but it was great to see him again….same goes for Josh Birk.

I saw Pat Patterson…never had the pleasure in person, and can never say that about him again!

I saw April Nassi, but of course she’d be there! She’s the queen of the Developer Community!

But enough about people. That’s not what the Hackathon is about.

It’s about creativity and passion.

I saw plenty of that. There were dozens upon dozens of teams of developers coding away at what could become the next best thing since sliced bread. There were men and women of every shape, size, color and ethnic background, all striving towards the same goal…building a great App. It was an awesome thing to witness.

One other thing I noticed there, besides people eating and coding, coding and coding, sleeping and coding (or perhaps dreaming about coding) was another fine example of what the Salesforce community is all about. It’s people helping people, sharing ideas, sharing knowledge.

Sure, this is a competition, and a few people are going to win some serious cash, and others will just leave the Hackathon with a cool new App, and some sleep deprivation, but from the outside looking in, it’s all awesome, and has inspired me to dig into the world of the Developers.

One last thing, before I close out this post:

I hope the Dreamforce Hackathon continues for many years to come!

2 thoughts on “The Dreamforce Hackathon…from an outsiders point of view

  1. Yes, the Dreamforce work in San Francisco was quite impressive but the Bruno Mars concert was quite gawdy on stage. I mean Bruno is nice but the set was awful. Had a good time with friends but the air of the place seemed pretentious especially with people wearing shirts saying they had “all the answers”

    • The giving back efforts that Salesforce is doing is really quite impressive, I agree. The people who ‘know all the answers’ were working the conference to help the 100,000+ people who descended upon San Francisco figure out where they needed to be and when. Some of these people didn’t have jobs until this event…one more way that Salesforce gave back to the community.

      Thanks for your comments…definitely thought provoking.

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