According to Larry Wall, laziness is a virtue:

It’s the quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful and document what you wrote so you don’t have to answer so many questions about it.”

That’s a catchy line. And yeah, you can build infrastructure, tools, and processes that’ll enable you to put your feet up and read HN all day.

But, if you really want to use laziness to your advantage, don’t be selfish. Focus on the “labor-saving programs that other people find useful” part.

Chances are, even if you’re at a Fortune 50 company, you’re trying to be lean, iterative, and metrics-driven. That means everyone on your team has limited resources and ambitious goals.

Look outside engineering for inefficient processes and tasks. Start with operations. Ask if they need a hand with linking Process A to B.

The dirty secret of a lot of startups is that all the magic is manual. Even if you save someone 20 minutes a day, you’ll be making a big difference.

Talk to someone in Sales. Is there a way to streamline the post-sale to account management handoff? Maybe there are some gaps in your CRM that you could plug, eliminating forms, spreadsheets, email, and dropbox folders.

Give the data scientists / metrics team a dap and ask them where their input comes from and how they get from numbers to charts to actionable conclusions. Take notes!

Everywhere you go, you’ll find ways to use software that improve your team’s velocity and efficacy.

And don’t worry about your backlog. Just because you found a problem, doesn’t mean you have to write the code that address it. In the spirit of laziness, you can probably find a SaaS solutions which is cheaper to buy than to build.

After all, sometimes the best code is the code you didn’t have to write.

BTW, it would be super awesome of you to support the Amazon Alexa Tech for Good finalists as they compete for the Grand Prize!

Online hackathons

 

NEW!! 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.

 

AT&T Mixed Reality Hackathon with Magic Leap One

This isn't an online hackathon, but it's really cool and we don't want you to miss it.

AT&T and Magic Leap are hosting a mixed reality & spatial computing hackathon in San Francisco, CA on November 9–11. You'll be hacking with the Magic Leap One and competing for $10,000 in prizes.

You have to apply before October 22nd, by registering & submitting your idea on Devpost. Only 30 applicants will be invited to the hackathon, so stop reading this and get on it.

 

Amazon Aurora Database Challenge

In the first ever Aurora challenge, Amazon is challenging developers around the world to build an application that can reach internet scale using Amazon Aurora, a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database. Prizes include $24,000 in cash and AWS credits!

Judges will be looking for scalability, performance, security, and resilience while making use of the AWS ecosystem. They'll reward good development practices, including continuous integration & continuous delivery, microservices, serverless computing, and other modern design ideas.

 

The AWS AI Hackathon

Put your skills to the test by applying language and vision intelligence to a new or existing application and win $10,000 in prizes!

Use language and vision APIs including Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon LexAmazon Translate, and Amazon Rekognition to gain customer insights, personalize content recommendations, identify celebrities, objects and scenes, and much more!

 

Local hackathons in October–December