So I could have just stayed home and fretted until whenever I got my passport back. Instead I've been at the Qatar National Convention Center for two days at my first Hackathon. A Hackathon is group of people that get together to hack or solve a problem. In this case the topic was Sports Medicine. A team from MIT came here from the US and they are leading us through the process of choosing a problem to solve, forming teams and pitching our presentations to a panel of judges. We started Friday with a work out. Then everyone made a pitch. Then we formed groups based on shared interests. We also ate a lot of food, there is a ridiculous amount of dessert. All day Friday we compiled what we could and did a preliminary pitch to the mentors. They gave us oodles of feedback so we ate more and then settled in to update our presentation.
|First presentation warm up.|
|Team LoadIn hunkered down.|
|Prize for Most Easily Implemented|
The best lesson I learned was an example from aMIT team member. I told her that I didn't feel I contributed as much as some people. She told me about the time she learned that the program excel can be used for coding. She uses for it medical charts. I was confused and I said I thought it was for book keeping and budgeting. She smiled and said "that's the lesson." Teachers are sneaky.
Somehow we never had dinner so we all met up again at the Souq to eat. It was a very long day that stretched nearly to Sunday morning. Its Sunday now and I've been up for ages since my brain seems to think I should be up working on things. The MIT team has headed back to Boston and all my new friends are at work. I've had my apartment inspection and later I'll meet some people for lunch. Otherwise I'm just here marinating on what to do next in both a day to day way and also long term.