Rarely an individual, and an individual alone, can make any significant mark on the world, nor shape its future. In 1929 Alexander Fleming, a London-based bacteriologist published the paper ‘penicillin’. But it was not until 1938 that Howard Florey, Ernst Chain, and their colleagues at Oxford University transformed it from a laboratory curiosity into the era of antibiotics — one of the greatest advances in therapeutic medicine.
In 1975 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer. Their ‘microcomputer’ was revolutionary, but without a deal between IBM and Bill Gates of the newly born Microsoft, the personal computer may not have been legitimized until later on in history.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights could never have been signed without the unification of nations at the 1948 United Nations General Assembly.
The Human Genome Project, a research effort to sequence and map 20,500 human genes (nature’s complete genetic blueprint to build a human being) is the world’s largest collaborative biological project carried out across 20 universities.
The examples are endless. But each one is driven by a team, a shared vision, and a community.
According to McKinsey & Company, COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point — and transformed business forever. The adoption of digital technologies has been accelerated by three to four years and the share of digital products in a business’ portfolio has accelerated by a massive seven years — and these changes are expected to stay around.
For most, this is good news. Technology is strategically important as a critical component of business and as a source of cost-effectiveness. Companies that successfully adopt new technological practices have capabilities others don’t have, including filling gaps for technology talent during the crisis, the use of more advanced technologies, and increased speed in experimenting and innovating.
“Digital adoption has taken a quantum leap at both the organizational and industry levels”
Consumers have moved towards online channels, with industries moving with them. The ability to meet customers’ needs is now centered through digital means. Companies in Asia are three times more likely now than before the crisis to have at least 80% of their customer interactions are digital in nature. Remote working is now the new normal.
On the dark side, with increased digitalization comes increased online attacks, data breaches, data leaks, and exploitation. According to Deloitte, 47% of individuals fall for a phishing scam while working from home, with attackers using the pandemic to target vulnerable and less experienced internet users.
The Action Fraud team said $47.million in COVID-related scams had been stolen since 1 March 2020 in the UK alone. Between February 2020 and May 2020, more than half a million people were impacted by breaches where personal data from video conferences services was stolen. Many hackers are upping their game, with 35% using previously unseen malware or methods during the pandemic.
The pandemic has created new challenges for businesses and individuals, with cybersecurity at the top of the list. The reputational, operational, and legal implications could be considerable if cybersecurity risks are neglected — and that’s where Hackathons and Bounty programs come to salvation.
Since the birth of Open Source collaboration and empowering tools such as GitHub and GitLab, the art of collaborative work has become borderless, making technology, the digital landscape, and teamwork sexier than ever before.
What the hell is Open Source, GitHub and GitLab?
The following CNBC`s Sneak-Peak and how Open Source has redefined industry:
In a nutshell, Hackathon is a coding contest in which programmers and experts are involved in software development, improvement or bug bounty exercises.
The purpose of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware or to improve and find solutions for existing tech by the end of the event.
However, one does not have to strictly stick with the above-mentioned. There is always room for improvisation and tailoring a hackathon towards the needs of a client who might be looking for new talent, new solutions, removal of bugs in their system, and much more.
While winning can be empowering and rewarding, the true essence of the Hackathon is to experience the drive, energy, and elation around the event while finding a solution for the problem and building a team and community.
Given the power of community and purpose behind a Hackathon, its applicability is seemingly obvious. Be it polishing your coding skills, meeting your next mentor who could help you realize your dream, or a developer to help make sense of the tech world, a Hackathon can offer a helping hand. Furthermore, if you need additional teams to support your overseas tech developments, a Hackathon is one of the best opportunities to recruit teams in the short or long term and integrate them into your existing infrastructure.
The primary reasons for using the internet are for staying connected to friends and family and keeping up to date with news and events. The cost of mobile devices and laptops is going to only decrease as more become digitally connected and connections become faster and more convenient.
The world is becoming smaller, with quicker and more complex connections uniting one side of the world to another, all facilitated by technology.
Yet, technology is not and never will be perfect. As more adopt 21st-century inventions, more and more professionals will be needed to solve problems, improve existing tech, build new tech, and so on. Hackathons, of course, are a perfect place to do just this.
Challenging us to develop IT solutions, HR-brand and recruitment, PR and positioning, and new business validation is our forte. Thus, Sinofy’s first Hackathon is taking place in Ukraine and will bring together some of the best minds to solve some of these most pressing and current problems.
Bringing deep expertise on the workings of an engaging hackathon, recruitment of talented developers, and utilizing a network of partner companies, experts, and mentors dedicated to task-solving, Sinofy’s debut Hackathon will help unleash the true technical potential of Ukraine’s finest minds.
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