The hello world hackathon project

This past week, the co-op students at A Thinking Ape participated in an internal hackathon where they had two days to develop something to show the rest of the company.

Among the games and tools that resulted, one project stood out to me: a hello world app.  Yes, a hello world app. (For those not in the software development field, “hello world” is usually the first output that developers code when trying out a new platform or language.)

It had a white background, black text that said “Hello World,” and a green button that was labeled, “I am a button.”  It was built using Microsoft’s latest platform that supports writing universal Windows apps that can be run on Windows phones, tablets, and desktop computers.

What stood out to me was the way he presented this simple app.  He described the app not as any other hello world app, but one with a button and that it was green!  As he went on, he told us that the green button was also “self aware,” because it was labeled describing itself as a button.

Then he went on to clicking the button.  The text that appeared below said, “You clicked the button, ” or something to that effect.  He described this like predicting the future, but in reverse!

He finally proceeded to show us that how it looked on a phone simulator.

By the end of it, many of us were quite entertained by the way this seemingly simple and ordinary project was described.  This presentation reminded me of the  “reality distortion field” Steve Jobs had when he presented his keynotes (here’s one when Steve Jobs revealed Safari for Windows in 2007).

This example is to show that no matter what kind of product you have, the way you present it to people and the way you market it has a great effect on what the audience will feel and remember about the product.

TOK Essay…Done!

Wednesday February 15th: TOK Essay: Done! Completed! Finished! No more drafts! Yay! (Not that much work needed to be done on it, but it just feels good to have finished something else towards my IB diploma :P)

Next up: Geography field study! (Geography > History). The data we got from our study was… weird… but the upside to that is we’ll have lots to write for the Sources of Error and Evaluation of Technique. Well I guess that’s what we get when we rely on everyone in the class gathering data, and consequently have to ‘assume’ the data is ‘correct.’ The word limit is 2500 words. Such a short essay compared to my Geo EE of 4000 words, and I could have went on past 4000 words on my EE >.> But then my EE was on too broad of a topic, which probably wasn’t a good thing. I guess that’s why I could have went on and on.

TOK presentation next week. No idea what to do. Have to write a script soon…