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Today, the Stelau team and I will organise a cryptography workshop at 42
We will progressively go from the basics of cryptography to dumping, analyzing and cloning our passports; and creating fake ones
- 28 katas
- 4 speakers
- 80 students
- 5 hours
noc.42.fr will be the new buildings around the 42 school in Paris that will complete the offer from the school with beds and other living services to make 42 more like a campus.
As opposite to most school campuses, this one will be located in multiple areas of the same block; some services will be available to neighbors (non-students); NOC is for « not a campus »
The theme of the hackathon was to hack this project while it’s still a project on paper and while it’s still possible to challenge and adapt some architectural choices.
The rule was to propose a project that preserve or enforce the culture of 42 (encourage collaboration between students and neighbors, improve the ecology score, provide new services to students, help local NGOs, using the technology)
Some of the projects:
- a local coin that allows to gain coins by helping partners (help partner NGO, help the school) — very nice project, sadly not using a blockchain
- an IOT platform to automate every part of the new buildings, and available to all students
- an app that help people to find teammates to share a lunch, a.k.a. « Peer-Cooking », this project allows students to eat healthy for a lower price, to meet new students for a nice moment; this project is also a solution to allow more people to cook with less kitchen area, less energy consuming, etc
- a wiki, some rules to constitute a community, and a system of flight cases with theme-specific tools inside. This modular system allows to create workshops on-the-fly for students, neighbors, NGOs, and other schools; with an optimized storing system and cost optimizations by increasing the sharing rate
- and a lot of other IOTs or apps projects that were focused on addressing a specific topic
QOTD: « I’m convinced that a lot of new paradigms, new ecosystems, and new technologies will be bring to the public thanks to the artists and to the art in general », @zooma, speaking about the blockchain
10 minutes to get a job, by 42
42 recently launched a series of conferences named “10 Minutes to get a job”, the title is a little bit counter-intuitive, because, the 10 minutes hard-limit is for the organization presenting its activities; the students have all the time they need after the presentations, with some fresh foods and drinks.
This series of conferences is very successful, a lot of students looking for a job (or just curious) are coming in the room for the presentation, and a lot more are coming for the buffet after (not sure about the motivation for these ones). 😄
Berty’s first public presentation
It was something totally new for the Berty team, the first time we talk about the project publicly, and as the project is still under development, we selected pieces of information that can be shared and that are is relevant and “sexy” for the students.
With the constraints of “10 minutes”, we made the choice of using preparing a mind-map with facts, no phrases, no images, and then I made the presentation by going word by word, and by expanding each mind-map folder’s.
It’s a little bit more complicated than a more standard conference, as I have to concurrently speak at the microphone, read the slide, move the zoomed map, expand folders, and everything in less than 10 minutes. Luckily, I made it in 9:55s and the organizer allowed one question from the audience.
The cool thing about this mind-map based conference is that at the end, there is only one slide, containing all the pieces of information and that everyone physically (and intellectually) present at that time should be able to explain again.
One slide is practical to capture with a smartphone, and this slide contains everything; this advantage is really cool and I think that I will use this technique again when I don’t need to focus on a specific topic.
I was very concentrated with the data that I totally forgot a lot of details :)
Personal notes for later:
- Put at least my name, somewhere on the slide :)
- Say who I am when I start talking
- Don’t forget to add contact instructions
I was really happy to receive feedbacks from the students about the effectiveness of this style of presentation.
It was straight to the point, I like it
It was intense, I received a lot of motivational information, I want to know more now
My colleagues told me that a student asked her:
How are you so much energized, it’s impressive to feel so much energy
After the event
I made a lot of mistakes during the presentation and the preparation, but we also made some after :)
First, we forgot to create a job’s specific email address, it was fastly fixed, and the dedicated address (email@example.com) was shared to the students by the 42 staff (thank you Virginie!).
Why we attended this event?
Technically, we are not in the hurry of hiring anyone, but Alex and I, recently finished to read “Who”, and we decided to follow the concept of meeting people continuously, maintain a list of people with their talents, and contact them the day we are in the hurry of hiring someone.
Additionally, we are also open to “the perfect match”, and last but not least, I’m often solicited by other friends and CEOs of the startups I audit, so it’s always useful to take some time to meet motivated students, speak with them,
Even if we are not actively looking for a position, we made the exercise of defining what kind of profile would make the difference enough to hire someone right now.
We formatted our job offers as “Scorecards”, which is the method suggested in “Who”.
See Berty’s Scorecards (work-in-progress).
A lot of very positive feedbacks and interesting questions :)
Looking forward to organise an hackathon with them