Coding the Humanities
Hackathon and Panel
Yesterday I attended the Coding the Humanities Hackathon and Panel, organised by the University of Amsterdam as a mentor and panel member.
The Hackathon was part of a class for humanities students to add a feature to the project in ReactJS they have been working on in class for the period of the course. The level that the students had accomplished in the short period of this course, taught by Prof. Dr. Jan Hein Hoogstad, was impressive. No doubt they will be good programmers if they continued down this path.
The mentors and panel members — Patrick Camacho, Greg Varias, Carmen Popoviciu, and I — all had different stories how they come to developing, most had taken a non-academic route. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t have their brushes with academia; however, these brushes were far more a demotivation to get into development than motivating.
What’s lacking in the academic route is mentorship and apprenticeship
The consensus at the end of the discussion was that what might be sorely lacking in the academic computer Science route — or any academic route for that matter — is mentorship and apprenticeship.
Thanks to the organisers for a great day!