Justin Glibert, 21

Hacker
Justin Glibert
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Justin had just moved from Belgium to the United Kingdom to start university when he came in contact with the hacker community. An exciting new world was ahead of him and he really wanted to build something. Great tales of success from biographies like "Masters of Doom" were still bumping in his head after his last high school summer. When a new college friend told him about a "Hackathon" in Glasgow, just next to Edinburgh, he found himself intrigued. He went there and won first prize for his product and since then, he has been addicted to the hackathon experience.

Hackathons brought so much amazing color to his life from new friends to new skills to internships. In the summer of 2018, Justin went to San Francisco to be a research intern at an AI startup. He had stepped outside of his comfort zone and was the only European on the team. As far as he knew, he also was the only person without a paper published in his name or a degree from MIT. What he did have that made him stand out was his experiences at hackathons and a determination to work hard and learn.

After a lot of hustling, he received an invite to interview with one of the founders. He was the director of BattleCode at MIT and he had great respect for the hacker ethos and culture. They had a great conversation and a few technical interviews later, Justin was offered the job.

Two months into the internship, the other intern, who had worked at OpenAI before and lots of research experience under his belt, asked why they had hired Justin during a dinner. The founder’s response was, “I could feel that Justin was a hacker. I could feel it in my bones.” 

At his internship, Justin was able to attend conventions such as the Anime Expo and show off the experiment that he and his co-intern had been working on. The company built an AI that generated characters for video games and board games.

As a senior at the University of Edinburgh, Justin is working on many projects. He is currently developing a new project related to differentiable programming and robotics, growing his SaaS platform for notaries in Belgium, and working on the AI platform, Clearcall, with his friends.

His favorite hackathon project was from the second year of his hacking career, after gathering a lot of experience. He decided he wanted to finally build something people would use after the hack. He went to a hackathon in Manchester during the winter and he built a werewolf/mafia game online that was sleek and fun. He won first prize and the entire hacking team (15+ people) from Edinburgh played for the entirety of their three-hour train ride home. 

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Beaumont, Belgium
School: The University of Edinburgh
Graduation Date: 2021
First Hackathon: Do you have the GUTS (September 2016)
Favorite Coding Language: Javascript, React, Python, Pytorch
Can't Live Without: Notion
Justin and his fellow intern at Anime Expo

Justin Glibert, 21

Hacker
Justin Glibert
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Justin had just moved from Belgium to the United Kingdom to start university when he came in contact with the hacker community. An exciting new world was ahead of him and he really wanted to build something. Great tales of success from biographies like "Masters of Doom" were still bumping in his head after his last high school summer. When a new college friend told him about a "Hackathon" in Glasgow, just next to Edinburgh, he found himself intrigued. He went there and won first prize for his product and since then, he has been addicted to the hackathon experience.

Hackathons brought so much amazing color to his life from new friends to new skills to internships. In the summer of 2018, Justin went to San Francisco to be a research intern at an AI startup. He had stepped outside of his comfort zone and was the only European on the team. As far as he knew, he also was the only person without a paper published in his name or a degree from MIT. What he did have that made him stand out was his experiences at hackathons and a determination to work hard and learn.

After a lot of hustling, he received an invite to interview with one of the founders. He was the director of BattleCode at MIT and he had great respect for the hacker ethos and culture. They had a great conversation and a few technical interviews later, Justin was offered the job.

Two months into the internship, the other intern, who had worked at OpenAI before and lots of research experience under his belt, asked why they had hired Justin during a dinner. The founder’s response was, “I could feel that Justin was a hacker. I could feel it in my bones.” 

At his internship, Justin was able to attend conventions such as the Anime Expo and show off the experiment that he and his co-intern had been working on. The company built an AI that generated characters for video games and board games.

As a senior at the University of Edinburgh, Justin is working on many projects. He is currently developing a new project related to differentiable programming and robotics, growing his SaaS platform for notaries in Belgium, and working on the AI platform, Clearcall, with his friends.

His favorite hackathon project was from the second year of his hacking career, after gathering a lot of experience. He decided he wanted to finally build something people would use after the hack. He went to a hackathon in Manchester during the winter and he built a werewolf/mafia game online that was sleek and fun. He won first prize and the entire hacking team (15+ people) from Edinburgh played for the entirety of their three-hour train ride home. 

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Beaumont, Belgium
School: The University of Edinburgh
Graduation Date: 2021
First Hackathon: Do you have the GUTS (September 2016)
Favorite Coding Language: Javascript, React, Python, Pytorch
Can't Live Without: Notion
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Justin and his fellow intern at Anime Expo

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