Updated: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud?

In this new blog post I want to address a common situation for developers: You want to participate in a hackathon, and you plan to use IBM Cloud, but you have never used it before. How to prepare? So I created a newer version of my older blog post: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud 

IBM Cloud provides a huge amount of different services, runtimes, and more. From my point of view, one of the most important objectives in a hackathon is:

Run your developed application instance live! To do this you need a runtime 😉

Let’s start with the basics

Let’s get a basic understanding of what does IBM Cloud provide and where to find how to’s?

The IBM Cloud catalog gives you an entry point to find Cloud Services, Software and Consulting, which are organized by different categories.

IBM Cloud has a very good entry point for new users with the getting started page. The page is structure in five major steps.

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  1. Explore IBM Cloud
  2. See cloud essentials
  3. Start building
  4. Helpful resources
  5. Get community support

The gif below shows the navigation going through the different steps on the getting started page.

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COVID19 communication starter kit for the Call for Code challenge

In this blog post I want to point out the awesome COVID19 communication starter kit for the Call for Code challenge. I created a small YouTube Video series following a COVID19 starter kit tutorial with the objective to show and talk: “More about the how and not so much about the why”.

 

I selected the tutorial Create a crisis communication chatbot and connect it to news and COVID-19 data sources for my video series on YouTube.

Note: Here is the YouTube video series link for LinkedIn users ;-), because I notice in the LinkedIn Mobile App it seems, it isn’t possible to access the embedded YouTube video in the blog post.

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