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Hack-a-Lesson

29 November 2014

Requested by one of our professors Mrs. Prof. Dr. Lemke, we organised our own little hackathon in Berlin last weekend! Since the topic was all around teaching beginners how to code we called it Hack-a-Lesson and invited people to create some nice concepts and ideas that will eventually influence the second volume of Mrs. Lemke’s book Einführung in die Wirtschaftsinformatik.

The participants of Hack-a-Lesson!

Hack-a-Lesson lasted for two full days, Saturday and Sunday, and we got 32 people to join and work together in 6 teams while we tried to keep them alive with food and drinks while also observing the event and eventually rating the results (because there were some serious prizes involved, too!).

The team of Hack-a-Lesson: Sebastian, Bao, Tobias and Ben.

It was a great experience and the feedback was more than positive from all sides so far. We were even featured in a long article in the Berliner Zeitung (no longer available online). I’m glad I was able to work as part of a great team and collect new experiences and got to know new people that way while at the same time making other people happy.

Nonetheless for now I’ll return to being a participant of those kind of events again. :)

P.S.: Check out that awesome cake that was made just for that event!

Hack-a-Lesson Cake!

Free Software for Students

9 October 2014

It’s a good time to be a student! Usually, students (and teachers or other faculty staff) can already get interesting discounts from retailers and software companies like AmazonAppleAbletonAdobe and Autodesk. But recently JetBrains also decided to give out their cool IDEs to students and educators for free. Same goes for GitHub which decided to not only give you a micro account for free for two years but bundled it with additional licenses for other platforms as well: they call it GitHub Student Developer Pack.

Just to complete the list: Microsoft is also offering lots of advantages for students. My school is for example giving out Microsoft Imagine (formerly DreamSpark) licenses to every student. That lets us download Microsoft Operating Systems and other Microsoft software for free (even new Windows preview versions or the Visual Studio IDE).

DreamSpark