Prizes were awarded for the most technically challenging hackathon project, the most entertaining one, the people’s choice, and the best use of a third-party API.
“Developers brought their talent and passion to code, and we provided the location, technical help, and liquid nitrogen ice cream to power through the night,” says Katie Lee of Meteor. “From hacking drones to a meteor-neo4j integration, we were blown away by what was built in 24 hours.”
“Here at Meteor, we want to empower everyone in the world to write great code,” Lee explains, “and it was great to have Shawn, a prominent member of the developer community, at the event to talk with participants about this mission that Meteor and Hack Reactor share.”
For all attendees, it was a chance to play with one of the most exciting infrastructure-level web projects in existence.
The reason lies in the efficiency with which Meteor can accomplish what used to take many lines of code.
“Chat messages are a good example,” Drost explains. “Normally that takes weeks to set up. In Meteor, that's the easiest thing you can do.”
In fact, there are a lot of functions which Meteor makes incredibly simple for the programmer.
“Usually any login setup takes lots of code,” says Drost. “Now [with Meteor]: one line of code. Ditto for getting data from your company’s servers to your users.”
This can make a coder’s first experience with Meteor a memorable experience.
“When you build your first app with Meteor,” says Drost, “there are like 10 different moments, where this thing that you have previously spent weeks building out, is now just one line of code.”
Because of this, Meteor is a great framework to know for any hackathon.
“Meteor is a hackathon secret weapon,” Drost hints, “because you can build stuff so quickly.”