Red Green Repeat Adventures of a Spec Driven Junkie

Hacking on at Spotify - Prologue

When I was re-entering the software industry, one thing I did to prove if I could “hack it” was entering hackathons.

If you don’t know what a “hackathon” is, it’s an event where programmers get together and create something “kewl” in a short amount of time, usually over a weekend.

The reason why I use hackathons to prove if I could “hack it” when re-entering the software industry is well, that’s what all the young kids did. Can I keep up with them? Am I able to contribute value? Most importantly: do I still enjoy programming as much as I did before?

My first one was the SpaceApps NYC hackathon, the next was a TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, and then these events got me hooked.

I entered one at Spotify NYC - I don’t remember how I found out, maybe it was from my hackathon group, but it was kewl.

Remember, this was in 2013, when Spotify was growing rapidly and iTunes was the dominant music service.

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