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Let's Do A LightSwitch Hack-A-Thon

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Most Hack-A-Thons are a grind because to give the contestants time to come up with something decent you need to give them at least a day.

Not so with LightSwitch. One of the selling points of LightSwitch is that development is so fast. With LightSwitch you can give contestants only 1 hour.

The Visual Studio LightSwitch Hack-A-Thon Event

  • Length – 2 1/2 hours (so it can be done during a normal user group meeting)
  • Schedule
    • 000:00 – 015:00: Welcome and Pizza
    • 015:00 – 030:00: Explain the rules (see below)
    • 030:00 – 060:00: Have a LightSwitch expert build an entire application from scratch using most of the techniques that will be required in the competition.
    • 060:00 – 120:00: The Competition
    • 120:00 – 150:00: Prizes
  • Competition Classes:
    • Not A Professional Programmer 
    • Professional Programmers
  • The Competition:
    • Requirements for an application are presented with points awarded for each requirement met
      • For example, an HR Application (with the points for each requirement):
        • Manage current Employees
          • 10 - Add User (10 fields such as Name, Phone, Email)
          • 10 - Edit User
          • 20 - Add Picture upload and edit
        • Manage prospective Employees
          • 10 - Add User (10 fields such as Name, Phone, Email)
          • 10 - Edit User
          • 20 - Add Resume upload and update
          • 20 - Convert prospective Employee to a current Employee
        • Time Cards
          • 90- Enter time Card data for employees (there are a ton of requirements you would specify here)
          • 90 - Allow employees to log in and manage their own Time Cards
    • Prizes
      • Judged by a panel of 5 people
      • Awards for each “Competition Class”
        • Highest point total
        • Best looking application (must be in the top 50% to qualify)

This Should Be Fun

This should be fun for everyone involved:

  • People thinking of using LightSwitch will see what is possible
  • Professionals will meet new clients




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