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WINNER ANNOUNCED: What would you do with $5,000?
katyadee (1157)

Quick update on our Music Hackathon announcement: We've just heard from the judge, and we'll be announcing some time next week. We're sorry for the wait!

BUT, let me make it up to y'all. In the meantime, while we wait patiently...

Whoever gives me the most creative answer to the above gets a free subscription to our Hacker Plan for 3 months. You have until Sunday. Let's do this thing!

The winner of the 3 month Hacker Plan is @RockyKev!

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katyadee (1157)

@LehuyH Nice, what would you do with it? And why?

katyadee (1157)

@JoyBanerjee How much do you think Sublime Text costs? Also, I guess WinRar for that matter?

katyadee (1157)

@JoyBanerjee for some reason I was like, "oh, yeah, buy the company" XD

LehuyH (64)

@katyadee I would use it to not get sued by RARLab

AllAwesome497 (237)

@katyadee oh btw, sublime text is the same way as winter, where u do not actually need to buy it, its just a popup window. (in case u did not figure it out lol)

AllAwesome497 (237)

@LehuyH just making sure u do know there are online unzippers right? i mean i know its a bit of a pain, just pointing out an option.

ThatSmart (45)

Buy 5 apple pro stands.

ClaytonHickey (47)

Become an investor in Repl.it, obviously.

hayaodeh (171)

@ClaytonHickey you are already an investor just by being with us and using Repl.it

RockyKev (13)

Everyone's joke answer is pretty good. I can't think of any jokes. So I want to go with this:

Turn the $5000 into reward stipends for underprivileged kids in middle or high school. I used to volunteer at a nonprofit, working with these kids - teaching whatever they wanted to learn. Coding is exciting, if they had the mentorship.

I'm a story for that succsss. I was skipping high school, didn't have a job, and wasn't sure what to do with my life. A $100 stipend to attend 8 weekend classes (for Photoshop) was enough to encourage me to complete high school and be the second person in my family to go to college.

It's a low investment, and repl.it has such a low barrier to entry for coding, and it can change a bunch of lives.

katyadee (1157)

@RockyKev and the winner is...!!!

vedprad1 (815)

@katyadee : Have the winners for the music jam been announced, yet?

katyadee (1157)

@vedprad1 TOMORROW -- finally! We're so sorry for the long wait.

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@RockyKev Best Thoughts bro.

evanzimmerman (29)

I would rent a plane and buy a ton of tacos and mini parachutes.

Fly over New York City and drop them all on a Tuesday.

katyadee (1157)

@evanzimmerman I feel like the plane alone would cost 5k! Eat the tacos yourself!

ebest (590)

@evanzimmerman
It's raining tacos
From out of the sky
Tacos
No need to ask why
Just open your mouth and close your eyes
It's raining tacos
Raining tacos
out in the street
Tacos
All you can eat
Lettuce and shell
cheese and meat
It's raining tacos
Yum Yum, Yum Yum Yumity Yum
It's like a dream!!!
Yum Yum, Yum Yum Yumity Yum
Bring your sourcream!!!
Shell
Meat
Lettuce
Cheese
(clap clap clap clap clap clap clap)
Shell
Meat
Lettuce
Cheese
Shell
Meat
Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese
It's raining tacos... (ohhoo)
Raining tacos. (ohhoo)
Raining Tacos!!! (ohhoo!!)
(It's raining Tacos)
(raining tacos)
(raining tacos)
(raining tacos)
Raining tacos (shell meat lettuce cheese)
Raining tacos (cheese cheese cheese cheese)
It's raining...
(raining tacos...)

BLyons (11)
  1. Rent the apartment #102 at 239 Shipley St
    San Francisco, CA 94107
  2. Become friends with the guys @repl.it , get free service for life and convince them to let me use their Wifi for free.
katyadee (1157)

@BLyons Brute force it, brother. We're haxx0rs.

timmy_i_chen (1001)

@BLyons Jokes on you, we moved last year!

manumanuk (5)

Step 1: Buy a ticket for a plane to Nevada for $600
Step 2: Rent a car for $20, pay for the gas bill with $50
Step 3: Drive to Area 51, politely knock on the door for a time machine.
Step 4: Travel back in time to before I started my project and pay myself $2000 to do the project not 6 days before the due date.
Step 5: Travel to before July 27 and pay Repl.it $2000 to post the results of the Hackathon that week (you're welcome everyone).
Step 6: Travel to before the results are announced, give myself $330.
Step 7: Repeat the self-money-giving in a cyclical timeline until I'm rich, give away lots of money to charities!

manumanuk (5)

In all seriousness though, I would love to use the prize money to invest in green energy companies that are working towards sustainability, since climate change is an increasingly urgent problem, and one that I am deeply passionate about.

Zavexeon (614)

I would send a bribe to a Nigerian Prince to send $500,000 to my bank account (let's hope he's bad at math). Then I would use that $500,000 dollars to bribe an even richer Nigerian prince to send $5,000,000 to make bank account (hopefully he failed math class too).

After that is all done and said, I buy repl.it, and then proceed with my plan to take over the world.

Here's a sample of the email:

Recipient: [email protected]
CC: Fair trade?
Message body:
Excuse me good sir, I'm a great admirer. It would certainly make my day if you deposit $500,000 in my bank account. I will give you $5000 for your trouble.

Stay rich handsome,
Zavexeon

Ishamali_Isika (1)

@Zavexeon well, I don't think Nigerian princes are that dumb. They may not be gold at advanced calculus but believe me, you would lose your money. Plus Nigerians are quite great at math

Ishamali_Isika (1)

@Zavexeon oh... Sorry... That's really creative...

ArchieMaclean (662)

Buy out repl.it.

Surely it's worth less than $5,000?

Failing that, I might buy a boat because I like sailing ⛵ .

AdrianHall (60)

I would wish for more genies.

Anthony_Tonev (80)

Bunch of snacks, fair amount of pizza and a lot of caffeine, BUT if the US Market stabilizes before we get the announcement - I will steal the idea from @EchoCoding and consider investing in tech companies like Apple and the other ones he mentioned in his post.

katyadee (1157)

@Anthony_Tonev Why Apple and not a start up? Low ROI with just $5k, right?

Anthony_Tonev (80)

@katyadee True - it would be a small drop in the sea for them. But I've forgot that I'm working in a start up tech company myself - might as well invest in us 🤑

JoyBanerjee (9)

I'd buy or invest in chairs that would keep my butt cool while programming !

Climate change is real and its effects can be seen when you get up from your chair after a long time, on a hot day :P

katyadee (1157)

@JoyBanerjee Would you have to invent them? Are you going to pay someone? Is this a pre-existing company? A Kickstarter donation?

JoyBanerjee (9)

@katyadee Thermal take has a chair, but they are expensive and have fans underneath with a giant cord attached.
I guess I could make one using Pelteir cells underneath a seat pad so people can use it in all chairs, I'd have to experiment to see what works on all chairs :)

EchoCoding (256)

With $5k, I would wait until the US Markets stabilize. Then, once they do, I would invest in tech companies such as Apple or Netgear. Both companies are primed to set new highs once the market falls into line. Keep reinvesting and reinvesting the money earned until I need it for the future.

katyadee (1157)

@EchoCoding Netgear... haven't heard that name in a while.

AllAwesome497 (237)

@katyadee lol there's actually a nether extender in my houses' garage

samdevz (31)

Hey, great concept! I'm really excited about my submission, and would probably spend some of the money working to grow it into a real site. The rest of it would be split between a local non-profit I run and this amazing organization in my hometown that delivers supplies to struggling school districts (I volunteered there a lot during the school year)!

ShadowCypher (30)

Help host a local hackathon, donate to Hack Club <3, buy a hacker plan on Repl.it, and save up for college since those loans aren't going to pay themselves haha

rediar (133)

hey katya is there any reason why I'm a hacker right now? I don't remember paying for it... I think. @katyadee

InfernoKay (8)

Buy a lot of watermelons, fill them with blue dye, then sell blue sliced watermelons for a lot more than it's worth...

Or in fact, any colour, and have a rainbow selection to choose from. And there can be some limited edition ones like gold or something exotic like that!

InfernoKay (8)

In reality though, I'd probably end up putting it in savings for Uni - Starting October for Comp Sci

crazyman222214 (2)

I would give it to my parents to help find a better house than the crappy trailer home we live in.

b1tdreamer (1)

I would buy a van and turn it into a nomad workshop and classroom. Then, travel through rural areas of Latin America organizing courses and workshops related to music, coding and software libre.

Gamerafa73 (3)

V-buckssssssssssss

katyadee (1157)

@Gamerafa73 What are V-bucks? Are they the same as Yang bucks?

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Give it away
I'm serious. You can do a heck of a lot of good in the world if you strategically donate that $5,000. You can even do a lot by just giving $1,000 and spending the remaining $4,000 other ways.

You might also give to loved ones. Perhaps an aunt, uncle, or parent is missing out on the online revolution. If so, you can buy a solid computer system for that person for less than $1,000. Imagine how you might transform someone's world.

Come Lets visit: https://www.youcaring.com

BTW, I know I will Lose.

KellerWorthen (2)

@SolarBoom I totally think that is a good idea

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@katyadee Thanks

raghavm (73)

I would buy the Hacker plan for 3 months, but now I'd get Hacker Plan 3 months free because of this post! /s

Honestly, I'd put my share of the $5k in a bank, and use it only if I really need it. I might get a new laptop, probably not though as I'm fine with my current one. Most likely I would just save for college I guess.

katyadee (1157)

@raghavm Smartest answer here, tbh.

Unorthodox (2)

I would replace my 7 yr old chromebook with a better laptop, save in an online bank(more interest), and buy some Honey Nut Cheerios along with Discord Nitro for a decade. Also, in response to evanzimmerman's tacos, I would rent another small plane and drop tons of burritos in mini parachutes all over New York City.

katyadee (1157)

@Unorthodox See, y'all are underestimating NYC prices here.

KellerWorthen (2)

@Unorthodox a seven year old chrome book? How does it still work?!

canteventhink (21)

Donate it to WWF (World Wildlife Foundation)... hey, if we're killing the animals, the least we can do is give back, right?

hayaodeh (171)

@canteventhink lol 😂 I thought you meant the WWF Superstars of Wrestling

SkyyCivil (91)

i would probably give it away...
having everything means having nothing.

SkyyCivil (91)

I would get my own condo and then kill myself XD JK

KshitijTyagi (0)

Buy the parts for a good desktop computer and create sandboxing environments for cybersecurity and do some machine learning with the GPU. Also buy myself some more books on programming and computational astronomy.

InfernoKay (8)

How long now until results?
I've been in suspense for 2 weeks now D:

IRchamp (1)

Buy a Nintendo Switch