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The Hacker Fair - Science Fair Meets Job Fair this Sunday, with a party!

 

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The Hacker Fair is an awesome opportunity to find the candidate or job of your dreams. This will be our 3rd fair, and the other two have been wildly successful.

 

For more information or press info, you can check out our press release here.

 

When: 3rd of March, 1PM-8PM

Where: Hacker Dojo, 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View CA

 

Agenda:

12:00PM
The Innovation Endeavors Party bus collects non-local people in San Francisco at Embarcadero Station. Register for the bus.
12:10PMBus arrives at 21st Amendment at De Boom Street in South San Francisco. It waits there for 10 minutes, then heads south.
 1:00PMBus arrives at the Palo Alto Train Station. It waits there for 10 minutes, then heads to Hacker Dojo.
 1:00PM
Candidate check-in and setup
 2:00PM
Fair officially opens, companies come in
 5:00PM
Grilling and drinking begins. (Thank you Innovation Endeavors) Candidates can approach companies they missed.
 6:00PM
Egesté starts DJing. Booths are cleared back.
 8:00PMInnovation Endeavors party bus heads back to SF

 

 

What will happen?

Candidates will set up science-fair-like booths displaying their awesome skills. Companies will come around and shop for awesome candidates and interview them.

 

What I need to do to participate?

  • Candidates: have a project, put down a deposit to reserve your spot
  • Companies: buy a ticket, be able to prove you can pay a living wage to your hires, be hiring in the bay area

 

Why do candidates love it?

  • You get a chance to show your stuff in a format that shows your strengths instead of obsessing over a resume
  • You get to interview at tons of companies at once
  • You get to meet awesome companies you never heard of, but that we have screened to make sure they have the money to pay you 

 

Why do companies love it?

  • You will have the chance to in-person screen over 100 people in about 3 hours.
  • Candidates come in from all around the world. 
  • If a candidate can't produce a project they won't get in the building. 
  • You'll meet candidates that want to work for awesome companies but have never heard of you.

 

Why does everybody love it?

  • All proceeds support Hacker Dojo, enabling more people to realize their dreams of awesome
  • There will be beer and a party afterwards 

 

But you don't have to take our word for it:

"It's an efficient way to market your skills with a project."

-- Tim Watts, formerly of Austin Texas, hired by Palantir through Hacker Fair 2

 

"Thank you for organizing all of this. I had absolutely no idea that any of this would happen."

-- Matt Blair, formerly of New York New York, hired by Flipboard through Hacker Fair 2

 

Big thanks to our partners in crime:


For logistics support, launch help, getting their portfolio folks ready to find awesome candidates, a long-standing tradition of believing in and supporting the hacker community, a bus to ferry people around, beer, BBQ, and party rocking.

 

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Video from our first Hacker Fair in January of 2010

Candidate FAQ's

Why do candidates need a deposit this year?

During Hacker Fair 2 we had the problem of having both a wait-list and candidate no-shows. We hope that money will motivate you to cancel with us ahead of time and permit somebody else to take your spot.

 

What if I can't figure out a project?

We'll help you figure one out. Contact sponsorships@hackerdojo.com

 

If I want to travel from far away to attend, can I get space to crash someplace?

Yes. Contact sponsorships@hackerdojo.com We strongly advise you to take the following Monday off and schedule your ticket home for Monday night so you can attend interviews.

 

How large is my booth?

You get 4'x4' at minimum. Make it creative. Bring a power strip if you require more than one outlet.

 

I am not attending. How do I tell you with proper warning and get my money back?

Email sponsorships@hackerdojo.com, if possible from the email you signed up with. If you know your candidate number, please have it in the email.

 

Company FAQ's

How can I bring more representatives from my company?

Contact sponsorships@hackerdojo.com

 

How else can I get involved if I want more recognition for my company?

We're going to need help covering food, alcohol, and chaos. Contact sponsorships@hackerdojo.com

 

How can I prove I can pay my new recruits a living wage?

There are many ways, but commonly companies

  • Show evidence of making enough money yourself to take good care of your employees (preferred)
  • Have your incubator program or VC tell us you're legit
  • Show news coverage of a recent round you raised

 

Who is hiring?

 

Who is attending?

 

Candidate 1: withdrawn

 

Candidate 2:

Project: A Chrome extension that helps narrow down which tab(s) are playing sound.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: JavaScript, python, C#, C++, C, git, django, heroku

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps, Web apps, Gaming, Operating Systems, Computer Networking (Development, not Sysadmin), System Scalability, System Automation, Chrome extensions

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome? network management software, communications (worked at parents' paging company as a kid), desktop sound, social dancing (argentine tango/ballroom), mass transit

 

Candidate 3:

Project: To show a company's branding from start to finish - logo design, stationery, web design, programming, ads, social media, package design and production, posters, mobile app design and more.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Word, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Powerpoint and hands on craft, painting and drawing.

Stuff you like doing: Frontend Web, UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), I love package design, logos, collateral (fliers, stationery, brochures, ads), web design, posters etc! I love starting a brand and following it all the way through.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome? Beauty, Real Estate, Hospitality

 

Candidate 4: withdrawn

 

Candidate 5:

Your project: a Quadracopter with auto balancing gimbal and software that track movements.

Stuff you like doing: UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), Mobile device apps

 

Candidate 6: withdrawn

 

Candidate 7:

Your Project: 3 very different Windows Phone 7 apps:- (1) A dash cam tivo-for-real-life (2) Pin2Phone-send browser clippings and urls to your phone in 2 clicks(3) LocationXchange - get others location using an App/SMS approach

Stuff you like doing: The .net webstack, single page apps, phone apps, some electronics tinkering, dreaming up things to do, learning aggressively, interfacing with people.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: C#, ASP.NET MVC, silverlight, javascript, jQuery + knockout.js, SQL Server, whiteboards. 

Domain expertise: I like to use software to solve physical real world problems. Manufacturing test equipment, optical inspection, factory automation.

 

 

Candidate 8:

Project: an online social war/risk-like game

Stuff you like doing: Frontend Web, UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), Web apps, Gaming, Marketing, biz-dev

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Bootstrap, Rails

 

Candidate 10:

Your Project: iOS app for reading magazines and social media app for non-profits

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Objective-C, Xcode, Ruby, Rails, TextMate, Github, Postgres

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UX (user experience), Database, Mobile device apps, Web apps

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome? iOS mobile apps and web apps with Rails

 

Candidate 11:

Your Project: Analytics for Amazon S3 logs

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Objective C, Java, Wire cutter, Soldering Iron, vim, Xcode

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, UX (user experience), Database, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps, Gaming, Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, System Automation, Computer Security

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome? Music, Podcasting (generally, and specifically a show about houses), Electrical Engineering

 

Candidate 12:

Your Project: An interactive art project which I have dubbed Random Stuff in My ~/repos/ Directory. Featuring a realtime single page application development framework based on Node.js. Also, perhaps some MVC or client-side frameworks, a ton of NPM modules, a DSL (and parser) I designed for defining platform-agnostic branching narratives, and Special Secret Guest Projects™.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: JavaScript, Node.js, HTML5, CSS3, MongoDB, ØMQ, Redis, Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, boxes and arrows. I can also normalize traditional datasets like a boss.

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), Database, Web apps

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome? Framework development across a load of platforms. I've been doing this long enough to remember what spacer.gif means.

 

Candidate 13:

Your project: Spotify music library plugin for the Mixxx open-source DJ software package.

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Desktop apps, System Automation, Software Engineering (process, people, principles)

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: introverted thinking, pencil + paper, vim, golang, nodejs + typescript = nodets. java if needed.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: xmpp, electronic music, lean startup.

 

Candidate 14:

Your Project: My chief project is a 3-D action learning game based on math and magnetism.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Unity3D - versatile, powerful (games and 3D) javascript - easy, universal (esp. with Meteor)

Stuff you like doing: Frontend Web, UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), Database, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps, Web apps, Gaming, (tech) sales, business development, strategy, and other non-hacker roles. I'm also passionate about education and edu games.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Video games -- FPS, tower defense, runners, and more.

 

Candidate 15:

Your Project: Irrigation system monitoring from the cloud. Uses a retrofit device to do remote management, report faults, control overflow, meter water usage, and aggregate data analysis and alerting

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Embedded AVR, PIC, etc MCU, C, CPP, HTML, WiFi, Eagle CAD/PCB, DipTrace CAD/PCB

Stuff you like doing: Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, Computer Networking (Development, not Sysadmin), Internet of Things, M2M Electrical Engineering Problem Solving / Innovation Clean Tech / Conservation Design Thinking

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: NPI Program Management experience from concept to production, laptops, printers, mobile, healthcare

 

Candidate 16:

Your Project: UbiCondo, a cross-platform framework to allow people to use simple gestures to interact with and coordinate their devices -- turning lights on and off, passing resources between computers/media center boxes, and controlling multi-zone audio systems.

Stuff you like doing: Robotics, Real-World Interface Devices, Embedded Systems, Rapid Prototyping of both hardware and software, developing novel UI/UX, game development, building new skill sets.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: C, vim, git, Linux/Unix, Python, Django, Heroku, AVR µControllers, Laser Cutters.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Robotics, Game Dev.

If you're coming from far away, where are you coming from?: San Diego

 

Candidate 17:

Your Project: I'm currently an Architect/Engineer for an NSF funded, open source, federated identity management platform, designed to support science and research collaboration.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: C/C++, CSS/HTML/PHP/MySQL, Drupal/Cakephp, git/svn, Photoshop, etc; I don't know about "enjoy", but the most pleasant/appropriate tool to use depends on the project.

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, Database, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps, Web apps, Gaming, Operating Systems, Computer Security, picking up new skills for new projects.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: I previously worked as a web development manager for a PR/marketing/new media company that focused on the health/banking industries. I've taken classes in 6 human languages.

 

Candidate 18: Unregistered and re-registered as candidate 22

 

Candidate 19:

Your Project: Gaming dice, health sensors, micro-location, with WiFi and BLE to the Cloud

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: C, Arduino, JavaScript, jQuery, Python, Processing

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UX (user experience), Web apps, Embedded Systems, Computer Networking (Development, not Sysadmin), Hardware and Firmware for Internet Things

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Hug volume manufacturing and design of consumer electronics

 

Candidate 20:

Your Project: Graph-as-a-service Platform Enables graph database persistence as a service.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby On Rails neo4j Titan HTML/CSS/JS

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Mobile device apps, Web apps, Graph Databases

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: SaaS product marketing, business development, graph database

 

Candidate 21:

Your Project: A brainstorming tool for writers. Built with Javascript, CSS and HTML.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy:  Vim, for coding and general writing. Pen and paper, for sketching UI ideas and mindmapping. ZURB Foundation, for rapid prototyping. Dual monitors, because.

Stuff you like doing: Frontend Web, UI (user interface / design), UX (user experience), Web apps, 

Anything else?: My passion is in building tools that promote creativity and personal growth. That, and playing as much guitar as possible. 

 

Candidate 22:

Your Project: The Hitchhikers Guide to Your Computer. It's a client monitoring application.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Python, Bash, English, Duct Tape, and Laser cutters. 

Stuff you like doing: Computer Networking (Development, not Sysadmin), Sysadmin, System Automation, Computer Security 

 

Candidate 23:

Your Project: "One Click Neighborhood Connect"

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Android/iPhone/iPad application development, Eclipse, Java, C, C++, Objective C,
Stuff you like doing: Android/iPhone/iPad Application development, Innovate and develop new products, Software Architecture, Design and Development

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Mobile application development (iPhone/Android), Networking protocols, Storage, Security, Embedded Systems.

 

Candidate 24:

Your Project: A 4th dimensional game of chess built in Java using LibGDX

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Java, C, C#, and JS are my main languages of choice.  For Java I use the Eclipse IDE and for C I typically use NotePad++.  My experience with JS and C# is all done with the Unity3D engine.  I also know how to use Git and typically use BitBucket or GitHub to save my code for times of trouble.  OpenGL is something I have had quite a bit of experience with as well.

Stuff you like doing: Video Games are my passion, whether its making them or playing them.  In addition, I like to make my code as efficient as possible and do things that some would think could not be done with the given tools or languages.

 

Candidate 26:

Your project: web based medical tool

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Database, Web apps, Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, Computer Networking Development not Sysadmin, Computer Security, making sense of big data

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: PHP, C, Java, Unix

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: health industry experience

 

Candidate 27:

Your project: Autonomous mobile robot running Linux and ROS.

Stuff you like doing: Mobile device apps, Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, Computer Networking Development not Sysadmin, Robotics

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: ROS, C++, C, Python, Perl, Bash

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Robotics and ROS

 

Candidate 28: withdrawn

 

Candidate 29:

Your project: Online Nurse Advice allows patients to get advice from their own healthcare provider online. It improves patient safety, saves nurses time, and gives practices up to a 60% ROI.

Stuff I like doing: Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Web apps, I'm into product management, market analysis, and believe in a customer-centric focus. I have a tech background from Amazon.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: User centered design tools, usability studies, customer interviews, web analytics

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Ran a Health IT startup for several years, won many awards from groups like National Institute of Health and Blueprint Health.

 

Candidate 30:

Your project: A CRUD app built on Ruby on Rails that allows for users to answer a question (colorfully), view their friends' answers, fan people whose opinions they respect, and receive other gamified perks.

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Database, Desktop apps, Web apps, Gaming, Music production, game design, building.

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby, Rails, JS, jQuery.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: I've designed two videogames, and I will be graduating from App Academy.

 

Candidate 31:

Your project: a grocery shopping list app that allows users to view and add products at local stores, then build shopping lists across stores. Built with Rails/JavaScript.

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, Web apps, Writing

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby, Rails, RSpec, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Git

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Education, professional writing and editing (English - not just code).

 

Candidate 32:

Your project: Nomadics

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Web apps

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: ruby on rails

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: biological sciences - genetics, immunology, stem cells

If you're coming from far away, where are you coming from?: India

 

Candidate 34:

Your project: An app for teachers to stay in constant communication with parents.

Stuff you like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Web apps, Emergent design, parametric design

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby Rails Javascript jQuery SQL

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Psychology

If you're coming from far away, where are you coming from?: Los Angeles

 

Candidate 35:

Your project: An intelligent textbook that answers questions and improves understanding. It's an iPad app I designed and built as part of a ongoing AI research project.

Stuff I like doing: Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps

Anything we didn't ask about that you like doing: product design

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Objective-C, JQuery, Coda, Photoshop, OmniGraffle, Keynote

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: education, AI

 

Candidate 36: withdrawn

 

Candidate 37:

Your project: iOS app for the control of Amazon AWS DynamoDB no-sql databases

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Database, Mobile device apps, Web apps

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: iOS/Objective C, Android Java, jQuery, Javascript, AngularJS

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: real estate, economics, german, japanese, arabic, spanish

 

Candidate 38

Your project: An interactive survey in the style of an infographic.

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, Database, Web apps, traveling, hiking

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby on Rails, SQL/MySQL, JavaScript, CSS

 

Candidate 39

Your project: All of the above clean tech - Fuel Cell Tech. Hardware+Software, that is Open Source, Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology; Utility to power anything from 1-50+ watts with hydrogen, using Arduino's crowd-sourced innovation as impetus

Stuff I like doing: UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Business Development, Sales Development, Applications Engineer, 2D -> 3D image reconstruction

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Arduino IDE, C, C++, Python, ROS, Open Computer Vision

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Business Development Robotics, STEM education, Clean Energy, Fuel Cells, Languages: Spanish, French, English

 

Candidate 40:

Stuff I like doing: Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Web apps, UI Development

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: I enjoy HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and client side MVCs. For the backend I like Nodejs and Express.

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: I'm a very user-focused hybrid engineer/designer

Your project: An app which lets users nominate and track a collection of awesome places in San Francisco

 

Candidate 41:

Your project: Muse: social sharing platform to share inspiration

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, Database, Desktop apps, Web apps

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Ruby on Rails, Ruby, Javascript, jQuery, HTML, CSS

 

Candidate 42:

Your project: TBD

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Love sketching/painting, dabbled in performing arts

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: Pinterest,

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Lifestyle design, Experience Design, Human Centred Design, Speak Assamese, Bengali

If you're coming from far away, where are you coming from?: San Ramon, Ca

 

Candidate 43:

Your project: Mint for Family Chores.

Stuff I like doing: Frontend Web, UI user interface design, UX user experience, Mobile device apps, Web apps, I'm like a Swiss Army Knife. I can do end-to-end product management. Like Bruce Lee, I've got "seven kinds of smoke".

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, MySQL, PHP, Ruby, Sinatra, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Omnigraffle, Balsamiq

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Started two startups. I placed the first ads on the Netscape website. Helped create the first multi-million dollar portal deals. Launched the Bing Business Portal.

 

Candidate 44:

Your project: Piranha Plant Cat Tree - a learning project on interactive furniture. Using self-made pressure-sensitive trigger pads, a cat moving up the tree will trigger a familiar "Jump" noise. This will allow me to learn about triggers and signal processing on an Arduino, Raspberry Pi and embedded systems.

Stuff I like doing: UI user interface design, UX user experience, Gaming, Embedded Systems, System Automation, Mechanical systems, Electrical systems, Injection Molding, Prototyping, Mathematics

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: CAD (Solidworks, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, Pro/E, and their FEA packages), Welding (TIG, MIG, Ultrasonic, and Soldering), Code Compliance and Instruction Manuals, Woodworking and Metalworking Power-tools

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: Solar power (Residential scale and smaller), Microinverters, Business Development, Sales Engineering, Charisma

 

Candidate 45:

Your project: Coputer is a combined desktop and tablet application that allows you to quickly extend your desktop browsing to your tablet.

Stuff I like doing: Backend Web, Desktop apps, Mobile device apps, Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, Computer Networking Development not Sysadmin

Tell us some tools and languages you use and enjoy: C, Objective-C, Python

Do you have any domain expertise that makes you especially awesome?: My background includes networking, analytics, and developer support.

 

(Candidates 46-52 have their data not showing yet due to some lag from WePay, our 3rd party credit card processor)

 

 

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