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Quick Left Portland Hosts Hack the Dot Hackfest for Name.com

On November 12, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, a new domain was born. Hackable. Humorous. Hippos? 

A Hack the Dot is an two hour hackathon extravaganza where coding school students, junior developers, experienced developers, marketers, and designers came together to an idea based on a top level domain provided by name.com. With TLDs like .ninja, .rocks, .social, and .dance in their arsenal, there were so many great options to get creative. In the end, hippo.haus reigned victorious and, after some nervous chatter on the part of the participants, work got underway designing the greatest House of Hippos ever conceived for a website.  

Take a look at some of the magic below: 

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Hack the Arts Hackfest Recap

They say things get better with time and our Fall 2015 Hackfest did not disappoint. We really let lose with an event centered around art and creativity. 

The rules were simple: the teams were formed night of the event and the same went for your code. In three hours or less teams were tasked with creating a web or mobile application in a tech stack of their choosing while accomplishing the challenge for the evening: marrying technology and fine/performing arts. Performing and fine art communities often face a lot of technical challenges. Could you improve lives leveraging technology and art?

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Hack the Arts Hackfest – September 23rd

Prove your programming skills alongside hackers, developers, and artists at our upcoming hackfest, Hack the Arts! We are partnering with Rocky Mountain Ruby Conf, Sparkfun, and the Colorado arts community to bring you our next and most creative hackfest to date. Create the next great app, or go code-poet style simply hacking to your heart's content. The rules are simple: teams form night of and the same goes for your code. In three hours or less, you are going to create a web or mobile application in a tech stack of your choosing while accomplishing the challenge for the evening: marrying technology and fine/performing arts.

 

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Boulder Startup Week 2015: Beyond Dev & Design

Since day 1, Quick Left has participated in Boulder Startup Week. And as with the finer things in life that get better with age (wine, cheese, leather boots, cast iron, medical advancements, wisdom, Daniel Craig), so does the 5th annual week-long affair that is startup week. This year, I stepped up my game and volunteered to be the Adventure Track leader for the week in addition to our normal, over-the-top involvement as a company. From hackfests and panels to office chair races and celebrity yoga, there's something for everyone.

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Portland, We Salute You! Portland Startup Week Recap

Entrepreneurs, developers, media and participants of Portland, thank you. Your city embraced the first Portland Startup Week like no other. Of all the Startup Weeks and Weekends I’ve participated in, this was the first that had live television coverage onsite and a constant stream of articles published for the general public as a whole – not just those involved in the tech and startup scene. Way to engage your entire community – maybe Boulder and Denver will do this in 2015 (hint, hint)! Here’s my Portland Startup Week recap complete with published articles in business journals, techie bloggers, mainstream TV coverage, 140-character tweets, pictures and one amazing keynote from my very first hackfest as a participant and not just the host! 

 

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