WINNER ANNOUNCED: What would you do with $5,000?
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!
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 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.
It's raining tacos
From out of the sky
No need to ask why
Just open your mouth and close your eyes
It's raining tacos
out in the street
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!!!
(clap clap clap clap clap clap clap)
Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese
It's raining tacos... (ohhoo)
Raining tacos. (ohhoo)
Raining Tacos!!! (ohhoo!!)
(It's raining Tacos)
Raining tacos (shell meat lettuce cheese)
Raining tacos (cheese cheese cheese cheese)
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.
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'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
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.
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)!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are a beginner at trading, you probably don't know what strategies to use to approach your investment. On the internet, there are a bunch of different sources where you can read about day, swing and position strategies. Personally, I prefer swing trading and don't know much about the others on practice. On https://timthomas.co/6-of-the-best-swing-trading-strategies/ you can read all about the strategies that I use so far. But I don't tell you to do as me, because here you need to have a gut instinct to follow the strategy that best fits for you.
I would definitely reinvest them! Because I want to ensure a secure life for me and my family! I'd be so happy to win. Some months ago I started a course at https://forextb.com/ to become a broker, because in my opinion stocks are the perfect way to start investing and building independent incomes. But while learning, I understood that I need a significant capital to start, because small sums bring nothing. I hope by the end of the course to become the happy winner and start applying my knowledge. I am really dreaming of becoming the financial support for my family and ensure my parents a decent life until the end.