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2015 Warby Parker Hackathon

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Insights by NYC Sales and Marketing Intern Emily Upson

 

What makes a successful Hackathon, you ask?

Had you asked me this a few weeks ago, I would have no idea. Frankly, I wasn’t completely confident in my definition of of a Hackathon. However, as an intern in the NY office of MKTG, I was able to work on my very first Hackathon, and it was awesome.

On July 18-19, MKTG INC produced a Hackathon for our client Warby Parker in partnership with the City of NY Office of Tech and Innovation at Civic Hall in the Flatiron District. The goal was to bring together 100 summer interns from companies in the area to spend a 24 hour period in lock down, solving a technology issue for three non-profits. Basically, a tech-for-good initiative.

As part of the core team, we worked for months for this to come off without a hitch. From venue selection to sponsorship procurement to donation outreach, collateral design, run-of-show, speaker training, intern recruitment, staffing and all the way through to production, it was a huge undertaking.

At kick off around 3pm on Saturday, July 18th, nearly 100 talented tech interns from the NYC area gathered for 24-hours to compete against each other for rewards that went far beyond bragging rights. Unlike my previous interpretation of a hackathon – cracking codes, breach firewalls – these interns used their tech skills and savvy to solve current issues faced by prominent NYC non-profits: Blue Ridge Labs, NYC Department of Homeless Services, and Donorschoose.org.

Although these interns were working tirelessly throughout the night, this isn’t to say they weren’t having fun, and they definitely weren’t going hungry. Participants could blow off steam by playing foosball or ping-pong, flying mini drones, and solving Rubik’s cubes, while consistent bouts of meals – a boatload (like hundreds and hundreds of tubs) of delicious Tribe Hummus of every variety, jars upon jars of candy, mountains of food, and of course #HudsonHack gear and toys kept them on their toes.

After hours of hard work, 24 to be exact, each team of 3-4 interns presented their final pitches to a panel of impressive judges including Minerva Tantoco, NYC’s Chief Technology Officer; Shelley Leibowitz, Board of Directors of E*TRADE and former CIO of Morgan Stanley and World Bank; and Alan Wade, Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation and former CIO of the CIA.

The teams were judged on multiple aspects of their presented solutions, the most important factor being social innovation that solves an issue for the the greatest good. For example, one team developed an interactive map that showed where specific donations have the most impact, to an app that allows families to find safe educational events for their children during the summer break. In the end, the riseUP app won for incentivizing donations from diners and participating NYC restaurants to aid homeless shelters and kitchens in the area.

Overall, it was a ton of work but such an incredible experience.  And working with a brand like Warby Parker was so much fun. It’s an amazing company with a cool culture that I really enjoyed being part of. Thanks to MKTG for this great opportunity I always remember fondly. What a great summer this has been!

 

 

 

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Meet our NYC Interns

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From left to right: Melissa Trager, Nike; Stasean Ridley, Strategy & Planning; Emily Upson, Sales & Marketing; Lauren Wagner, Creative; Chrissy Hughes, Diageo; Julia Coombs, Production

— Emily Upson

We have all heard daunting tales of pointless internships, where interns are relegated solely to making copies and getting coffee while constantly asking themselves “Is it 5 o’clock yet?” But in my six weeks as an intern at MKTG INC, I have yet to get anybody coffee; in fact, I’ve had full-time employees offering to get me coffee on their run downstairs. We even have a “coffee talk” program, where each intern is given a Starbucks card (being the broke college student that I am, this is huge), as well as the opportunity to invite any employee in the company to coffee for a chat. Even though I am an intern in the Sales and Marketing department, I have had the chance to sit down with Tim Owens, VP, Production to pick his brain about another part of the industry that piques my interest.

If you ask any of the 12 MKTG summer interns in NY, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco about their typical day, the answers would be universal: there’s no such thing as a typical day.

We are in and out of the office, attending meetings and events, performing research, and even getting our hands dirty in the event production aspect of the industry. However, this isn’t to say we haven’t done our share of invoices and expense reports.

Many of the eight New York interns have spent recent weeks working on the Warby Parker Hackathon, a project MKTG INC is producing pro-bono in partnership with Warby Parker and the City of New York.

The Warby Parker Hackathon, called #HudsonHack, will host over 200 tech interns in New York City, and students will compete for 24 hours to come up with innovative solutions for several local nonprofit organizations. Our MKTG interns have been working in-and-out of their usual departments to help put on this event. Intern Stasean has been with the project since the brainstorming phase, working alongside the Strategy & Planning team to come up with ideas for sponsorships and activations within the event. The opportunity to meet so many members of the Warby Parker team and regularly visit their offices has allowed our interns to “really build a connection with the brand,” says Stasean. Meanwhile creative intern Lauren has had weekly trips to WP HQ to work with their design team. Julia and I have also tagged along, developing the event’s social media plan, recruiting intern participants, and helping with sponsorship outreach.

MKTG’s remaining summer interns have also worked on Diageo projects such as Chrissy’s work on Smirnoff’s NYC Pride Parade activation, and Julia and Melissa’s slew of Nike summer training events, even previewing not-yet-public classes and interacting with Nike trainers and clients.

More intern updates to come as our MKTG keep us all busy!

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Warby Parker HudsonHack – Interns Needed!

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Hello Tech Interns!

MKTG INC is working with Warby Parker and the City of New York to host the first-ever citywide intern hackathon competition – HudsonHack: NYC Intern Edition. The hackathon takes place July 18-19 at Civic Hall in New York City.

Our goal is to find 200 interns representing awesome organizations from across the five boroughs to sign up for the hackathon. The interns must be working in a technical position in New York City. What might you get in return you ask? Bragging rights, networking opportunities, solving a business challenge faced by a non-profit and a chance to win prizes from a few amazing sponsors!

We need your helping finding these super-talented interns to sign up and compete in this event. Is this you? Do you know someone who would be perfect for this opportunity? If so then sign up or send them our way!

Click HERE to sign up.

See you Saturday!

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Written by Paige McConney
Paige McConney

July 13th, 2015 at 4:25 pm