Sanath Fernando and mentees.
I shared a beanbag pillow with three dudes and the radio was playing all night. Sounded like the Bangles. Hence, I’m not going to write much. Here’s some photos.
This is from the Colombo Hackathon. People get together and try to design (and sometimes code) startups, while Indians hover in the corners, stealing ideas and – god forbid – possibly funding them.
A panorama for sense of scale.
Contrary to popular belief, a hackathon does not necessarily include much coding. I have an app coded by a Singaporean wunderkind and I brought the code just in case, but haven’t touched it. While the app basically works, the harder part has been refining (er, defining) the business model, talking to people, discovering mistakes, unknown competitors, challenges, revising, et cetera. The numbers alone are both daunting and awesome. This hackathon encourages you to think better that what you can make in your spare time, we’re actually projecting things as, you know business, with lights and desks and stuff. And money.
One of the more interesting barriers this event is breaking is the tendency to zealously guard ideas for fear of people ‘stealing them’. While I understand vaguely, few ideas are completely original. What makes them valuable businesses is execution, which involves teams, time and input from the environment. I think Sri Lankans have been used to slicing a stagnant pie ever thinner, but now the pie is growing. Young people seem to recognize that.
Anyways, people work all day and through the night and crash wherever. I slept for a bit and woke up. Still kinda booting up. I really don’t want any more Nescafe. There’s some more photos on Facebook.