4 for the 4th: The Coolest Tech Made in America

June 24, 2014

With the arrival of summer, it’s no surprise that most Independence Day celebrations take advantage of the beautiful weather and hinge on familiar favorites like hot grilled goodies, refreshing cold beverages, and impressive fireworks displays that light up the warm night air. Those are all excellent things in our book, but we figured it might […]

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Hackathons: Building Apps & Building Skill

May 7, 2013

So, hackathons… I’ve been looking forward to this post, as hackathons are near and dear to me. Over the last couple years, I led the organizational efforts for PennApps, the student-run hackathon hosted at University of Pennsylvania (Penn) every semester. In that time, PennApps has grown significantly to become one of the biggest student-run college hackathons […]

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Tech & Education

April 23, 2013

I love education. My parents instilled in me a deep love of learning and a thirst for knowledge from a young age. That interest has manifested itself in a number of ways. I have been a teaching assistant at Penn for the last 5 semesters, interned at the edtech company, Piazza, after my freshman summer, […]

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SXSW Recap

March 14, 2013

“Hi, I’m Pulak, this is Dave, and we run the two biggest college hackathons in the country.” Pretty good intro, right? My friend Dave Fontenot goes to the University of Michigan, where back in February he led MHacks to surpass PennApps as the largest college hackathon in the country. Rather than be bitter, I took […]

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SXSW Part 2

March 11, 2013

      South by Southwest Interactive has a history of being the place for apps to “blow up”. Twitter, GroupMe, and Foursquare are notable examples of apps that have gained substantial mainstream adoption and had their breakout moment at SXSW by winning the favor of the 25,000-strong early adopter crowd eager to grab their […]

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SXSW Part 1

March 8, 2013

  Hey! I’m at South by Southwest! If you haven’t heard of it, SXSW is an annual music festival in Austin, Texas. Some years ago a tech conference, called SXSW Interactive, sprung up on the side. Interactive takes place a few days before the music festival and it’s what I’m in Austin for.  I’m here […]

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