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Curated Galleries- Seelio’s Best New Feature

Seelio has added a few new features lately, like the ability to follow friends, help with on-boarding, and the ability to incorporate Vimeo into your projects. Pretty awesome, right? We thought so. After all this, curated galleries, our newest feature, is my favorite. Curated galleries are collections of work created around a single theme. As of now they can be curated by request to the Seelio team. Here’s why I’m so excited about it.

Groups (clubs, classes, etc.) can have their first official home

Now, all works of a specific group can be:

  • Housed in one place 
  • Re-arranged to be in a specific order
  • Accessed via a static URL
  • Personalized by a cover photo and link to outside website

Group Members can now tag work with a tag that will track back to the group gallery (ex. MHacks2013 will go to the MHacks2013 gallery, MPowered will go to the gallery for the group MPowered, Photography will go Photography, etc.) and admins can arrange works in the order they choose. This might seem like a college apartment to the mansion we’re ultimately building around group functionality, but its a really awesome apartment!

This also gives new meaning to the tagging system, which people can use to both highlight their own skills as apart of their own profile, but also as a part of a group profile as well.

We Can Curate Galleries Around Topics.

Volunteer works, we’ve got that! Labor-of-Love-themed gallery for Valentines Day, we got that too (at least we will)! Now that we can curate galleries of works based around an interest or subject area, you can get the content you want in one place. We have curated these already for inspiration.

Community Building is Easier.

We have been saying for a while that we want to create more of a community on Seelio. Curated galleries are a chance for people to find people and work by certain interest, or to join a community that is already working on a certain topic (ex. tagging something ‘volunteering’ adds it to the gallery of people volunteering). We hope you will use these galleries to create community around a topic you love.

The Possibilities Are Endless.

As a techie, I love new features, but not just because they are new features. It’s more because each feature provides an opportunity to innovate, to break the feature, to use it for an unintended purpose, and give the product team new ideas! You have no idea how excited we are for this.

MHacks Galery

  Check our our first archived galleries for MHacks and Startup Weekend Ann Arbor, and several other galleries too!   If you want to create a gallery around a club or interest, send me an e-mail at chelsea@seelio.com and we’ll set it up.

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!