Typical hackathons a little too social for your blood? Embrace being an introvert and Hackalone

Maybe it’s the growing popularity of books like Quiet. Or maybe it’s just the over socialization of our online lives. But sometimes, it seems that even the geekiest of hackathons can get a little too, well, social. What if you just want to fly solo? Introducing Hackalone.

Created during CodeDay Portland by oft heralded Portland high school developers Jackson Gariety and Colby Aley along with Lucian Novosel, the Hackalone service focuses on antisocial hackathons for folks who like to hack alone. One person per project. No teamwork. Think of it as a federated hackathon of sorts.

The hackalone is a new kind of hackathon for introverts. All you need are laptops and people to hack on them. Get together, pick ideas (but keep them secret), then begin the hacking (no talking). No teams, no stress, no conflict resolution.

Alone in a crowd, as it were. Hacking.

For more details on the model and future events, visit Hackalone. Or get in on the conversation over at Hacker News.

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  1. M. Edward Borasky (@znmeb) November 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Cute! But …

  2. Thanks, Dan! Great point. I’m going make an edit but strike the original language so that your correction has context for future readers. I truly appreciate your pointing out this error in my choice of words.

  3. Wikipedia: Antisocial is behaviour that lacks consideration for others and may cause damage to the society.

    Introverts are as appropriately social in quantity and quality as Extraverts. Hackathons for those who enjoy being alone in a crowd is great. Please don’t call them antisocial.

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