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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Tbh I'd probably donate or give away $3000, then just keep the rest for future stuff or maybe invest it in something?
Yes, I'm most likely not spending any money. I'm pretty ok with what I have, and I probably won't be spending money on games because I'm a F2P player.
(Just to be fair I'm not going to upvote my own comment)
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.
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?
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.
I will use them as life expenses in my traveling expenses , I already have a full time bachelors software engineering scholarship in Berlin , I will use the money to buy the travel needs and to cover the health assurance , of course if I didn't win I have plan B , basically working .
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.
I'll try my hand at investing it in cryptocurrency, then buy a drawing tablet and a non-potato computer for coding. With the bit I'll have left I'll get a certificate of Deposit with it. I'll choose a stable coin like monero to invest in, but if that's shaky... There's always microsoft stock! :)