Written By: Anjana Chandra
On November 9th and 10th, I attended the first-ever Estee Lauder Companies Hackathon in Queens Plaza, New York. This was the first hackathon I have ever attended, and I learned a lot from experience.
I got introduced to this hackathon by attending Rutgers’ Fall Mega Fair. Estee Lauder recruiters tabled at the event. I love Estee Lauder’s products and was eager to learn more about their internship opportunities. The recruiter stated that there were no internship opportunities for sophomores, however, she suggested that I sign up for the hackathon they were conducting in the fall. I was a little nervous to attend at first, but I realized that this was an amazing opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
When we got to the hackathon, I couldn’t believe my eyes! The hospitality of the employees and the organization of the event amazed me. We were greeted, given free swag, and introduced to the other participants. Every step of the event, from finding a team to the opening ceremony, was well thought out. Once the hackathon began, our hours consisted of coding, eating (a lot of yummy food), and bouncing ideas.
This experience opened my eyes to an industry I wanted to work in. Throughout the entirety of the event, I was learning from our group’s mentor, my teammates, and even the CTO of Estée Lauder. I gained time management skills by completing a project within a 36-hour time frame, experience working with a diverse group of people of different backgrounds and skillsets, and networking skills after talking with executives of Estee Lauder.
Competitions for people of all backgrounds and interests exist, and they are great ways to pursue your passions. Events like these are beneficial for providing you with experiences that can’t be found in the classroom, new perspectives on different topics, skills that build up your resume, and an expanded network. Keep your eye out for 2019 Estée Lauder Beauty Hackathon, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!