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Luxury Hackathon! Startup Workaway Upgrades Villa, Hires Chefs for 18 Hackers

startup villa Luxury Hackathon! Startup Workaway Upgrades Villa, Hires Chefs for 18 Hackers

The Startup Workaway villa.

“So, an update,” writes Nick Tommarello, organizer of the tropical Startup Workaway, the latest twist in the hackathon craze, in which hackers will gather at a vacation house in Costa Rica for 10 days of coding and business development. “We ended up with 120 applicants–quite a lot of work to go through!” Mr. Tommarello, who lives in Boston, said. “We ended up upgrading the villa. I booked a team of chefs to cook up three meals a day. And I’m in the midst of organizing some scuba diving, kayaking, and sloth befriending excursions.”

Eighteen hackers are in the final group, which will head out next week to the Jade House, a hillside villa studded with turquoise pools and decks overlooking the Pacific in Escaleras, Costa Rica. Twelve are coders; six are non-technical. Two are from funded start-ups.

The hackers are from Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Israel and Germany–none from New York, where hackers at the epic TechCrunch hackathon were just treated to luxuries more in the hackathon tradition, namely pizza and airbeds.

Despite the island distractions, the Startup Workaway founders are scheduling eight hours a day for work. They’ll be updating their blog with photos and video.

“Our next one is likely to be in Bali in December,” Mr. Tommarello said.

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Comments

  1. Is this like a reality show with cameras in every corner of the rooms?

  2. It’s like having a job that you really like and at the same time doing it in a luxurious villa with all the amenities included.

  3. Foreclosures says:

    This really looks beautiful! This house will caught every eyes that will look unto it for sure..

  4. This is the ideal house for hardworkers. Very relaxing ambiance.

  5. This will be the perfect workplace, Wondering how they moving with this Villa.

  6. Wow! What a nice treat for Hackers. They’ll definitely enjoy the experience for sure . It’s really great to be knowledgeable in computer now a days.

  7. Wow! What a nice treat for Hackers. They’ll definitely enjoy the experience for sure . It’s really great to be knowledgeable in computer now a days.

  8. A good place to get a job for the hackers, instead of wasting their tine trying to hack in to government  websites.

  9. Such a nice place, by just the look of it from the photos, it’s such a good investment as a property and very good place to generate jobs as well..

  10. Nice pool! I was really excited more with luxurious real estate. Thanks for sharing this, it was really an inspiration!

  11. Very nice place! Is this really the actual place? I thought it was only a downloaded picture, that was really awesome! It’s really beautiful, thanks for sharing!