My first experience attending a hackathon alone at riot games
News 2021-02-04 09:09:27
My first experience of participating in a hackathon alone at Riot Games Originally posted by Emily Yu on As told by the second youngest participant in the 2017 Riot Games Hackathon It has been almost three months since 50 other participants from around the world and I were chosen to attend the hackathon
Riot Games. I applied on a whim, thinking it would be cool to do something like any other hackathon. I didn"t know much, this experience was going to become one of the highlights of my year 2017. I had never been alone at a local hackathon , and even less in Los Angeles. I went back and forth pseveral times trying to decide if I should go, simulating the worst case scenarios. I felt like I had been propelled into my first hackathon again as my introverted tendencies took hold on my thoughts.
Fortunately, the Discord community was very welcoming. Despite this, it was difficult to engage a conversation with people I had never met before and who had been part of the League of Legends developer community for years.Bear was more of a casual gamer, preferring to stay with my group of friends and duo line up with people I knew in real life. there were a lot of other developers much more talented than me. Fingers crossed I only prayed to meet people to work with at the event. Day 0: Arrival Fast forward to the night before my flight. I had returned from Pittsburgh a few weeks before and was sailing alone for San Francisco International Airport (SFO). I rushed to the airport after an academic test and my stomach pounded as I kissed a combination of excitement and nervousness. My mom followed me to my plane and I gave her one last hug before getting on board.
It was a quick hour-long flight to Los Angeles, where I caught some zzz . As I got off the plane at LAX, I tried to find my glasses and froze. I realized that I had forgotten them at home and started to panic. I had heard that LAX was notoriously difficult to navigate, but I made my way to the nearest readable sign, hoping I was walking in the right direction. My face flushed as I got into an elevator, but I almost got down to the wrong floor. Feeling lost, I texted Discord: "Oh oh, I"m lost or somethingsomething like that. I was asked to look for a sign with my name on it, but I only saw my middle name. Being the extremely aware person that I am, I paced back and forth before walking over to the limo driver and asking, "Is this for Emily Yu?" With this simple sentence, I overcame my first predicament and arrived at the hotel, Marriott Courtyard. Later that night, a group of us, arrived a day earlier, came out to explore the pier and have dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp.
A group of us exploring the pier the day before the start of the hackathon Day 1: Formation of the team and start of the hackathon My hackathon experience started off in style, because before arriving, I had anticipated the same experience as hotels in Asia, and I realized the night before. to I had forgotten many essential elements. Among these items were toothpaste, slippers, hair ties and also pajamas (but I was unaware that toothpaste was provided at reception). As a result, I got up early, hoping to take a leisurely stroll to the nearest Walgreens about a mile or so. This turned out to be unfortunate, as I was equipped with uncomfortable shoes and a terrible sense of direction. Even with the help of Google Maps, I ended up walking in a circle pIn about twenty minutes, and to get back in time for the shuttle to Riot HQ, I had to sprint without a tie. For those who don "t have long hair, this is something very unpleasant. Imagine sprinting in 80 degree heat, wearing excessive clothing and a few necklaces or cords. Definitely not a perfect racing environment, and to make matters worse, I hadn "t run in ages! After finally coming back with a burnt cheek and sore heels, I barely got up to my hotel room and returned in time for pickup of the shuttle.
Back to my impromptu Walgreens run J walked into hackathon with an idea that was frankly out of my league - haha, got it? However, following the orientation event, I remained wandering, realizing that most people had already found a team After wandering around with another person interested in my idea, we both decided to merge into another group, which just happened to be the team I would stay with for the rest of the event. As we gathered around a table, I watched in confusion as the team scribbled a plan on the nearest piece of paper. Very slight understanding of what was going on, I volunteered to work on some of the backend, as I had spent a lot of time as a developerfrontend fear by in previous hackathons. Sorry if you read these guys, I was confused for a hell of a long time. I came with a light knowledge of JS, which is what we built our project, League Voice. League Voice comes from the fact that newbie and low elo players tend to lose track of stats and champion profile, which makes the game much easier, like spell cooldowns (for themselves and players). opponents) as well as the abilities of other champions. We figured that a Google Voice Assistant would be the best platform to make information SEO easier, as you wouldn"t need to tab and interrupt your game
. Because our team was so large, our main goal was to cover the pMost Features Possible - Still, we ran out of ideas as the hackathon neared the end. The following are just a few of the many that have been implemented, so feel free to register your Summoner on our demo site
and follow us on our Discord
! Suggestions from champions : "I"m playing halfway. Who do I play?" Suggestions from "articles : "Give me a suggestion for an article. " Game tips : " Give a tip. " Recover timesummoner spell load : "Annie just blinked. When is Annie "s flash on?" Static data : "What are Annie"s liabilities? " Write or read notes : " Remind me not to choose Annie
A demo of our project, League Voice. The team made their way to the cafeteria for lunch, and I made my way to the salad bar, avoiding the long queue for dishes hot. I felt bloated beforeant to come to the hackathon, so it was a win-win situation. As a result, I would spend the next three days eating variations of the same salad, and would come back with a new favorite diet. Every day around dinner, attendees walked over to Riot"s PC bang, which glowed red and purple as we excitedly gazed at the gaming booths that surrounded the room. Upon settling in, we hopped onto Discord and played a few games of League of Legends, where I marveled at the difference between playing with a Wacom tablet and using a mouse (but that"s another story). As we ended our session with a triumphant victory, we returned to the room and continued working on our project, and around 11:30 p.m. a few team members and I jumped on a bus and left for the "hotel, anticipating sleepless nights. who awaits ushave.
The splendor of the PC Bang from Riot HQ in full view Day 2: Riot HQ Tour Throughout the day, we spent our time to create new features and improve our project. We were shown to tour the facility in two groups, but photography was limited. the property was incredibly designed so I would highly encourage a visit. Many little niceties implemented into the structure of the incarnate buildingent employee passion for League of Legends.
LCS Studio and Bilgewater Bar
Thresh and Pocket Picks Studio p>
Lucian, Annie (and Tibbers) and Ziggs At the end of the day, I had completed a few more features, and spent my time trying to correlate the time to game with the win rate, but unfortunately struggled to implement it. I returned to the hotel late at night, thinking my room would be an ideal working environment, but I ended up falling asleep a few hours before the return shuttle. Day 3: Demo Day As the code freeze deadline approached, excitement and tension flooded the air. Our projects were demoed in an exhibition-style presentation, and verified the projects of each.
Chan demo and Jake League Voice for Querjin Using their combined cinematic and artistic skills, they created a game that would determine which region of Runeterra you would be most associated with. close, depending on your summoner profile. Looking at thegames, people will often give you advice on how they could improve. Parallel Convergence enables real-time annotations on game reruns, allowing professional coaches to instruct players with ease. When inviting friends over to a League game, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if a 5-player stack is already full, which often leads summoners to log in just to find out they can"t play. Lobby Links maintains the number of groups and allows players to invite others via a Discord invite link, making it easy for players to invite their friends to play. Many people enjoy watching eSports together, which for the most part occurs on Discord or Skype. They moved the experience to virtual reality, allowing players to watch sportss electronics together in a virtual environment while receiving a virtual representation of current game statistics.
Liam shows how his Couch Potato team"s project works for a Rioter figcaption > Summoners often jump into a custom game just to practice cs mechanics or find out how to play a new champion. This plugin allows players to practice their combos on a actual target, recording damage levels, tracking combo timing, and donatingnant prompts for different ways of doing it. This application was similar to ours, League Voice. It gave information about player abilities and helped a player improve their game. Summoners often compare themselves to pros while trying to figure out how to improve. This web application identifies weak points in a summoner and gives advice on how to improve. A more personalized alternative for Mobafire or Probuilds, this web application allows you to generate your own dynamic links for created builds and skill sequences, allowing players to easily share information regarding their playstyle. This virtual reality game has helped improve players" knowledge of champion builds by giving “clients" a time limit entrants who wantedObjects.
Kevin demos Trader, equipped with " a full virtual reality headset I couldn "t find any projects on GitHub, but I have linked a few! I forgot a project, if I missed the name or if you want to give a more detailed deion, send me a note and I will correct my mistakes. Also, shout at Farza"s new project
, DeepLeague! You can consult the GitHub of his project here
and find out more here
! Following the event, despite our exhaustion, we head again to the PC bang to relax and unwind. As I left Riot I was hit with a wave of sadness and drowsiness, but our group decided it would be fun to explore Santa Monica more before we left. Sneaking into a hot tub to play Ghost (a mafia pun), exploring a bookstore, and attacking YogurtLand, we enjoyed our last moments before going to bed to get home. Reflection When I got home, I wasWell already in the thinking phase, I would recall my experiences and tell my family how happy I was to have decided to go, and basically everything that happened.
Back on this magnificent sunset from the jetty In other hackathons, when I"ve been with my super reliable friends, I always fall back on them if I get scared or hurt. Comfortable, I always had a lot of fun and never felt a push over my self-imposed limits. However, I always had it.feeling of missing something; I rarely met new people and mostly stayed close to people I knew. This gap was filled when I had a ton of new experiences this time around, mostly because of my lack of self-addiction. As I mentioned earlier, I spent some time trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing, covering up my confusion and show how I wanted to represent myself. However, if I had asked more questions during the planning phase instead, I wouldn"t have had to spend those first few hours wondering how we were going to integrate Firebase features into Google Voice, and I wouldn"t have didn"t have to think about doubting my competence. during the hackathon. For the most part, a lot of people probably felt the same way as me, probably sharing some of the same introverted tendenciess that gave them experiences similar to me. It does not represent the majority of hackathon participants by any means, but it is still a predominant personality type that cannot be ignored. After the first night of socializing, I unintentionally closed, spending most of my time with my hackathon group. However, a lot of new people arrived the next morning, and because I did my run at Walgreens, I didn"t have time to pass the time and meet the new arrivals. As a result, during the exhibition, I spent most of my time walking around and checking out other people"s projects without ever officially introducing myself. However, I found that our post-hackathon group gave me a way to meet the rest of the developers, and so everything went well. From a different perspective, like another organizer of hackathon, I think the Riot "s Hackathon was beautifully organized. Gene
and the rest of the The crew did a great job of making sure we always knew what was going on, even when I gave my false alarm of being lost. Obviously, a corporate hackathon would be different from a school or college hackathon, of course, as there are probably very different requirements to be met, when it comes to catering and food funding. Regardless, the whole event went very smoothly, with little to no hiccups during the event.
All the participants and the organizing team gathered for a post-hackathon group photo. In the end , attending the Riot hackathon was a truly rewarding experience both mentally and intellectually, and it came about knowing people from all over the world: Germany, the UK and even Japan. hope that in the future we can all come together in the future and build amazing projects again at Riot Games. If you liked hear about my hackathon experience, please ave it and go play League of Legends!