Hacker School: Day 1 – July 22, 2014

Day 1 at Hacker School. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I imagined a loud space. A noisy place. An echo chamber, or a concentration vortex. I was a little worried, since I need quiet to concentrate sometimes.

I found a large space, a focused place, a concentration vortex of the good kind, and a group of people ready to share their expertise and make our first day as smooth as possible.

Any day that starts with meeting 60-plus people who are all interested in learning and creating is a good day.

Today, as expected, was a setup day — meeting our cohort and facilitators, a brief check-in to discuss goals, welcome and configuration sessions to make ourselves and our computers ready for three months of intensive work, a git session, and a bit of free time to work on our own projects. At night we headed to eBay for a talk on distributed systems, which I enjoyed and followed up with further reading.

A giant stretch of free time awaits me tomorrow. I am so looking forward to it. I’ll be surrounded by other people making the best possible use of their time — and that motivates me.

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