JavaScript / Scala Hackathon in January

  • January 24, 2013 · 6:00 PM

The first Scala for Startups Hackathon will be a joint event with SFJS, lead by Dave Nugent.  We'll have teams of front-end guys and back-end guys putting together RESTful APIs with Scala web frameworks and Node/JS awesomeness.  This will take some thought to put together -- each team should be productive, so we have to match JS folks with Scala folks.  Please propose yourself for the teams and briefly describe what you want to do!  SFJS team will do the same and we'll get a suitable venue from our many partners.

JavaScript folks, please sign up at:


Doors Open: 6:00pm

Event Starts: 6:30

Event Ends: Midnight!


Note there will be no passive sitting and listening during this event.  Every participant will code, and every Scala guy or girl will be in a team with at least one CoffeeScript/JavaScript programmer!  If you are two or more Scala folks who need pairing with JS counterparts, please indicate that you comprise a team either via +N guests in RSVP or via comments below.

The location is KIXEYE, our awesome meetup partner.  They have an NDA policy for visitors which we kindly ask you to sign in the lobby.  The participant list is closing at noon on the day of the meetup.  There will be a cap which will be lifted a bit closer to the event, but the space is limited.  Please make sure you want to code with a fellow JavaScript team member and present the results if you make it that far!

There will be food and drink to sustain the brave hackathoners.  There are desks for laptops, we'll be checking on the powerstrips, but you may want to bring both a power supply and an extension cord if you want to be sure you'll receive electricity.

We'll update the meetup description on the specific mating rituals we'll use -- feel free to propose any!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Odersky's functional programming in Scala class will be offered again on the Coursera platform. Class begins March 25th.

    January 26, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Thanks for organizing and hosting the session. That was cool. Our two hours are here.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We took too long to finish our project. We will continue working on it and look forward to the next hackathon.

    January 25, 2013

  • Piyush S.

    I have an existing game we are converting to play . Is it suitable to hack on that or should it be from scratch ?

    January 24, 2013

    • Alexy K.

      Whatever works with your teammates!

      January 24, 2013

  • Alex M.

    I'm super interested in this hackaton format, doing both scala backend and heavy JavaScript in scientific applications. However, I must rely on public transport to get back to Pacifica and must leave at the latest at 9:50pm
    I have no experience with this appealing short term pairing format. Does it make any sense to show up with such a tight schedule?

    January 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can give you a ride back to Pacifica on my way home

      January 7, 2013

    • Alex M.

      Hi, that's super cool! thanks a lot

      January 8, 2013

  • Eric M.

    I'm an idea person with no coding skills. Anyone care to team up and build something cool? Am I still able to attend if I can't code yet?

    December 10, 2012

    • Alexy K.

      Since the space is limited, any non-coding person should have at least one coder vouching for them and listing them on their team. We'll actually get in touch with everybody who signs up to place them in either JS or Scala camp.

      January 7, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    Looking forward

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm excited about this hackathon. Anyone interested in exchanging knowledge? I'll teach you how to write the back-end (in Scala, or whatever), if you teach me how to write the front-end (in JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Dart, CSS, HTML5, etc).
    I'm hoping to get my hands dirty on the front-end.

    December 22, 2012

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