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See His Seelio: HackNorthwestern Co-President, Northwestern Senior Wesley Sun

In the course of our travels at Seelio, we meet awesome people. One of them is Wesley Sun, a senior at Northwestern University. We met Wesley on our Illinois tour, and had a great time talking to him and the rest of HackNorthwestern. We thought you’d like to meet him too. So without further ado, say hello to Wesley!

1) If you could describe your college career in one word/phrase, what would it be and why?

Wesley SunThis is really hard but I think the right word would be discovery. I’m always discovering and learning new things in college, mainly new career paths or new interests. During my time in college I’ve gone through so many phases in terms of academic interest and it always changes when I discover new things. I was into mechanical engineering, then film, artificial intelligence, video game development, and now web development.

2) Your one-line bio says, “Addicted To Learning New Stuff”, What is the coolest thing you’ve learned lately?

Well I’ve recently been teaching myself Ruby on Rails in my spare time.

Slight tangent, you might not get if you’re not a programmer. Today I learned about the COMEFROM statement which is more or less the opposite of a GOTO statement. It’s a really bad idea and was actually implemented as a joke but it just made my day.

3) What about coding in Matlab has made you realize you really wanted to code?

I’m not sure if Matlab made me realize it or if I just happened to be using Matlab when I first coded. I just thought coding was neat, at that time I was writing programs to do neat stuff and constantly trying to make them run faster and faster.

4) You mention on your Seelio that you were in the top 11% at the Google AI Challenge. Can you tell us more about that experience and why it was so transformative for you?


3 Hackathon Tips from Facebook Recruiter Will Barnett

3 Hackathon Tips to Help You Get Noticed By Recruiters

Will BarnettMHacks, the Midwest’s largest university hackathon, is in our neck of the woods this weekend and we’re stoked! Facebook recruiter Will Barnett stopped by on the way to the big event and gave us some great hackathon tips to share with you.

Here’s what he had to say:

1) Fix a problem

Think about something that bothered you today and find a way to fix it.  Chances are it bothers more than just you, fix it and make the world slightly better!

2) Find some data and do something cool with it

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, IMDb, Wikipedia, Reddit, Stackoverflowdata.gov have great data sets.

3) Learn something new.

Pick a language or framework and build something that helps you learn.  If you’ve never hacked on mobile, do it today.

Want to get noticed by Will and awesome hackers? Post your hacks from Mhacks or other hackathons on Seelio. You might just land an interview with Facebook!



[REBLOG] MHacks: How Hackathons Work

MHacks, one of the biggest student hackathons in the country is coming up this weekend. They posted this blog earlier on how exactly hackathons work, we wanted to make sure you saw it too.

Enjoy, and look for Seelio @ MHacks this weekend!

How Hackathons Work:

Michigan Hackers

Hackathons are fast-paced contests, limited to typically 12-36 hours of work, in which teams of computer programmers code a software application.

  1. Form a team. Choose people you would enjoy spending time with and have complementary skills. Backend, frontend, design – these skills are all needed for a great hack!
  2. Identify a problem. Well…not every team necessarily does that. But teams think of a problem or idea to base their hack on.
  3. Come up with the solution. How can building ‘X’ solve ‘Y’. It’s perfectly fine to hack together a game or “fun” application (by denise). But if you want to win a prize and typically create something of great value, build something people “need”, not just “want”.
  4. Execute on your idea. Build the application, and on the side, the name, logo and website that goes with it.
  5. Present your finished application. Teams demo their apps to judges/investors.
  6. (Hopefully) collect your prize. If your hack best used a sponsored API or won another category prize, you take home money, a SF trip or something else cool.

Is this everything that goes with a hackathon? No. But it’s an outline of what a hackathon is and what teams must do to win the grand prize.

Happy hacking!

The post originally appeared on the MHacks blog. You can find the original post here and if this post piqued your interest, learn all about the official MHacks event on their site!