#1: What Makes for a Good Hackathon?

Welcome to the first episode of the Tectonic podcast! In this episode, we discuss what happened with Smithsonian’s first ever hackathon, explain how API’s work for lay people, and argue over whether Twitter is a cult.

Let us know what you think in the comments! – Jason and Sarah



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Show Notes:

Founding of Smithsonian: “Finally, President James K. Polk signed the legislation Aug. 10, 1846, that established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.”  (via Smithsonian)

Luce Hackathon: On November 16 and17, 2013 the Smithsonian American Art Museum held a “hackathon” to reimagine the digital interpretation in the museum’s visible storage facility, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. (via Luce Center 2013 Hackathon)

What is an API? A nice explanation video for folks new to the idea of an API. In this case, the Smithsonian is acting as the “map data” company, and there’s no payment processing involved. (via Common Craft – API)

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