For the last decade, tech recruiting has put a lot of emphasis on “culture.” And at face value, that seems very progressive.

After all, we ain't robots. We have thoughts, feelings, ambitions, and it feels great to work on challenging problems with like minded people who share our values.

But, I do have some issues with this cult of culture.

1. Companies and culture aren't static

The company you join today won't be the same a year from now. Here are a couple examples that may resonate with you:

• Company A becomes massively popular thanks to 3rd party developers. But an increasingly developer-hostile attitude leads to deprecated APIs and stagnant product development.

• Company B bans brain teaser interviewing and drops 4 year degree requirements, opening up a bigger and more diverse talent pool.

• Company C starts off as an exciting community, but in order to improve profitability, product shifts pro-business and anti-user.

• For decades, Company D is known as a monopolist, but new management changes course and devotes significant resources to open source and innovation.

If you join a company because you love its culture, be prepared for it to change.

Your product can change. Your mission can change. Your team can change. And you will definitely change.

2. Company culture is not the same as work culture

When CEOs, founders, and recruiters talk about company culture, they highlight stuff like their vision, motto, employee perks, and inspiration behind the company. It's the indoctrination part of culture.

And while it's important to know about & buy into those things, it's different than the more practical work culture which affects your day-to-day and career growth.

Work culture deals with how teams interact with each other and how they are structured: cubicles or open office, flat & collaborative or siloed & secretive, micromanaged or autonomous, chaotic or well aligned, etc.

Before signing an offer, think about both the company and work culture you're committing to. Are you more flexible about your work environment or the purpose of your work?

In my experience, you're more likely to leave a company because of how it operates, than what it believes in.

Online hackathons

 

Mobi Grand Challenge

The MOBI Grand Challenge's goal is to create a viable, decentralized, ad-hoc network of blockchain / dlt connected vehicles and infrastructure that can coordinate, share data, and improve urban mobility.

Winning teams will demonstrate how blockchains and related technologies: distributed ledgers, cryptography, tokens, and consensus mechanisms can make getting from A to B safer, cleaner, faster, more efficient and accessible.

There are over $350,000 in prizes sponsored by the Ocean and Beyond Protocols.

 

Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge

3D experiences are here, and Amazon Sumerian is the quickest and easiest way to build one! Amazon is challenging you to create AR, VR, or 3D apps using their browser-based IDE. Sumerian’s unmatched ease-of-use, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes for a variety of headsets, and both iOS and Android devices. Plus, with one-click publishing, there's no need to build for each platform from scratch.

There are over $100,000 in prizes, so fire up your terminal, goggle into the Metaverse, and try not to snow crash.

BTW, all participants will get access to tutorials & training materials and will receive support throughout the challenge via our Slack community, Twitch, and webinars.

 

Local hackathons in November & December