SWARM is excited to be sponsoring season 3 of the podcast Cut Your Learning Curve, a podcast about learning and the intersection of work and technology. In this season Nate Cooper, managing partner at SWARM is joined by Eve MacKnight, Director of Learning to discuss topics pertinent to life and work in our digital age.

In this season of the Cut Your Learning podcast, Nate and Eve have been deep diving into how the practices of software development have influenced the organization of both tech startups and the wider business world. A focal point for us has been “hackathons:” popular events where software coders and other team members get together for a short period of time to collaborate and build a digital product.

In the podcast What is a Hackathon, Nate describes his personal experiences with the hackathon StartupBus: how a group of engineers and business experts focused on a single goal in a dedicated time and space can lead to great synergy and great products.

In the podcast episode, Life Inside a Tech Startup, Nate and Eve then talked about how start-ups often try to mimic the hackathon experience – in  the “open office” space design, in the planning of projects and in the make-up of project teams. Finally in the podcast episode, When we hire, Nate and Eve discussed how much of hiring today is seeking out those same skills that are essential in a hackathon – creativity, adaptability and the ability to work in a team.

This week we are bringing it all together in a live podcast with Jon Gottfried, the co-founder of the official student hackathon league, Major League Hacking. Major League Hacking hosts over 200 hackathons a year with more than 65,000 student participants from across the globe. Nate and Eve will be discussing with Jon his organization’s mission to help students learn, build and share.  Join Jon, Nate and Eve as they explore why hackathons are so powerful in solving challenges and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

Our live podcast is this Friday, February 19th at 2pm Eastern on Facebook. RSVP here.

Please bring your questions to the Q & A at the end. See you there!

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