Gamification is a big topic currently. Andrzej Kozlowski gives us a different perspective by looking at it from a gamer’s perspective. Gamification has been around for a long time, he points out, in the form of loyalty programs an
All rules are set from above. And all rules are boundaries that players will seek to exploit and break. Rules need to be transparent, clear and fixed, but all rules are there to be exploited. This is the nature of gaming, Andrzej argues. Games are about competition, and by winning competitions you win bragging rights and status.
Tine Thygesen’s talk at Build 0.5 focused on the three things entrepreneurs must do right in order to build great teams. Tine notes that entrepreneurs tend to have a couple of bad habits that can be mitigated by building great teams effectively. First, especially in building your team you must focus on the long haul. Teams that are committed and dedicated for the long term consist of great people. Great people might not be easy to get, but taking shortcuts here is not a good idea. While you might get average people easily into the team this is a poor long term solution. You need to attract great people from the beginning, because great people want to work with other great people.
At HackFwd we are lucky. HackFwd is all about sharing and learning – all the geeks at HackFwd have the desire to learn and share as a part of their geekiness. In our talk “From Punk Rocker to Rock Star Programmer” we try to give our geeks some hints on how to expand their minds, what (seemingly boring) topics might be worth exploring and how good craftsmanship in coding can make getting results so much easier. For us this talk was the beginning of many inspiring discussions about “cool coding”, “writing really new code” or just “wow, I never thought this computer science stuff was actually good for anything”. But as I said, at HackFwd we are lucky, because HackFwd is a movement of passionate people who have the urge to master IT and to share their experience in mastering it.
Celine Lazorthes, CEO and founder of Leetchi.com gave a presentation on the basics of PR for startups at HackFwd's Build 0.5 even in Mallorca.
In this talk, Celine listed the best practices from her professional experience and the lessons she had learned about working with the press. First, in the case of technical developers, you have to embrace your geekiness (or should that be geekhood?) and capitalize that to the fullest. You, as the founder, represent the company to the point of being an incarnation of it, and around this position you create your own narrative. You have to create your story from the viewpoint of the user, ideally in a way that supports your own narrative.
24th–27th March 2011