On Saturday, the Coding House crew and I went to AngelHack. Friday night, we were up finishing yet another group project. But unlike a few weeks ago when we stayed up, we had the luxury of 3.5 hours of sleep. However, I was able to rise up from bed with ease. That’s because I was excited to finally visit San Francisco. So, 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning, I woke up, got ready for the day and everyone loaded up into Catalina and Oswald took us to Caltrain in Mountain View. The purpose for the trip to AngelHack was to network, get up-to-date with tech and have a change of scenery while we worked. I don’t think any of use wanted to lose sleep for two days in a row.
This was my first time on the Caltrain so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While idling around for the train, I was surprised at the amount of people catching the train on an early Saturday morning. Also, I didn’t know the Caltrain had two floors of seats. I sat down with the rest of the group and waited patiently for our destination. On our way, I was anticipating the day at AngelHack. I expected people, coding, networking and food but what else would there be? How would it all pan out? Will it be a good experience? I like to visualize all the possible variables and make some kind of plan.
The train ride lasted a little more than an hour. We got off and made our way out into the city. I was impressed at the cleanliness of the station and how well maintained it was. We had a general idea where to go from the station but we used Maps just to make sure. From there, I think it only took 15 minutes to get to AngelHack, which was being held at Hattery. I’m a punctual person and I thought it was going to be bad news when we arrived at AngelHack 30 minutes late. Ha, turns out we were just on time because nothing officially started yet.
We grabbed some breakfast (not really into pastries and croissants but it was free) and listen to the introductions. I got to hula hoop my way to a free t-shirt and hear the most amusing (but great too) idea pitch from a Frenchman. I got to meet three young CEOs of very small startups, a 15-year-old high school student, first-time hackathoners, reps of the sponsors of the hackathon (BitPay, Dolby and Capital One) and experienced designers and developers. BitPay’s API would have been my choice to use. Japanese Fusion street food was served for lunch and it wasn’t that great.
Except for Peter, the guys and I worked on our personal projects (need all the time we can muster). We did that for a few hours, went to AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), walked the nearby pier with a great view, then walked back to AngelHack for dinner (Soul street food and it was great). We continued to work until 9. The only exciting moment of the evening was Peter and his team asking us for a little help with their project. From there, we all left back home for the day. We were taking the BART this time and I wasn’t sure how the walk in San Francisco at night would be like – it went well. Market was very vibrant at light and we safely arrived at Montgomery St. Station. From there, it was all the way back home to Fremont. Coincidentally, we just happened to take the train that coincided with the ending of an Oakland A’s game so there was congestion going through Oakland of course.