Whether you work in marketing, accounting, development, or operations, you’re a representative for your company.

And when you meet people at conferences, online, at a coffee shop, or anywhere else in the world, you may find yourself in a situation where a person X needs help with issue Y, because of Z:

  • An acquaintance wants to know more about your product & pricing and could become a new client.
  • Old classmate wants you to refer him to HR and could be a great hire.
  • Client alerts you about a service outage, which could lead to lost revenue unless you inform the SRE team.

Relax. You don’t have to solve each issue yourself. Just route them to the appropriate people on your team.

First, send a quick heads up Slack / text to your target team mate, confirming that they are the right person to handle this issue. This is important because all intros should be double opt-in.

Once confirmed, send a short email that explicitly calls out X, Y, and Z:

subject: BigCo <> FooTech
to: jon@foo.tech, leticia@big.co

Leticia, please meet my colleague Jon, who’s in charge of Sales. He can tell you all about our product and how we can help you promote BigCo’s content to a broader audience.

Jon, Leticia is a classmate from NYU and the Content Lead at BigCo. She heard about us through the ReCode article.

subject: Fred Gibs / Jr. Engineer position
to: hera@foo.tech, fredg@gmail.com

Hi Hera, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Fred Gibs, who is interested in the Jr. Engineer role on the Advanced Tech team. I met Fred at PyCon and he’s contributed to React and a few other big open source projects.

Fred, Hera is the hiring manager for this role and can give you a better idea of the requirements & responsibilities.

I’ll let you two take it from here. Thanks!

subject: Fwd: Service outage
to: emergency@foo.tech, tech@foo.tech, accounts@foo.tech
cc: lonnie@vip.co

Hey team, Lonnie (cc’d) just informed me of a big service outage that’s affecting VIP. See below for details & screenshots. Can you please investigate this right away and keep both Lonnie and me in the loop? Thanks!

Easy, right? 3–4 sentences, and an informative subject line is all it takes. 5 minutes, tops. I promise.

Online hackathons


New!! Amazon Alexa Multimodal Skills Challenge

Amazon has been rolling out new Alexa features all year. In-skill purchases & subscriptions? Check! New APIs for music skills & hosted skills? Check! A ton of new devices? You know it!

They've also been working on new tools like the Alexa Presentation Language (APL), which enables you to build visually-rich Skills for devices with screens.

Join our latest Alexa Challenge and build a new skill incorporating APL that delivers a multi-modal (voice & visuals) user experience.

There are $150,000 in prizes, with special awards for the best living room, kitchen, bedtime, morning, kids, and in-skill purchasing expriences.


New!! Quipu Blockchain Hackathon

Quipu creates local digital markets that trade through a mutual credit system. During this hackathon, you'll build a blockchain based solution that captures transaction info for local communities with transparency and traceability. There are $1,000 in prizes, so don't miss out!


New!! Twitch AWS Extensions Challenge

First, Twitch turned the live streaming world upside down. Now they’re partnering with AWS to elevate the streaming experience with Twitch Extensions.

Extensions are apps that can interact with live streams as a panel on a channel or a video overlay, creating a fully interactive experience between content creators & their viewers.

Get your hands dirty and build your first Extension using the WYSIWYG Twitch Extensions Sandbox. Then, distribute it on the Twitch Developer Portal for a chance to win $26,500 in prizes.


MLH Local Hack Day 2018

Join us on December 1st, 2018 for MLH's Local Hack Day, a global hackathon and celebration of learning, building, and sharing!

Whether you're a first timer who is learning to program or you go to hackathons every weekend, everyone is welcome to participate in one of 200+ locations around the world!


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 $100,000 in prizes sponsored by Ocean Protocol.


Agora Video SDK Hackathon

Agora just launched v2.5 of their Video SDK and they're giving $1,750 in prizes to three web apps which incorporate some of the following features:

• Quality Transparency - Monitor call quality with audio / video statistics

• Audio Mixing - Combine mic audio with pre-recorded audio files

• Device Management - Query device info, trigger callbacks on device state changes, and modify states

• Audio / Video Track Management - get / add / remove audio tracks from a call

• Volume indicator - monitor active speakers and their volume level

• IPV6 Support

If you've ever thought about building video into your app, this is a great opportunity. You can get started with 4 lines of code. BTW, this hackathon ends December 14, so get your app in soon!


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–January