Almost anyone with a good idea and the ability to write directions for a computer software program can make products that were not possible before the internet.
But it is not enough to just have an idea. A team of people with different skills is necessary to turn that idea into reality.
Teams like this are often formed at an event called a hackathon.
Sabeen Ali is the founder and leader of a California company called AngelHack. It organizes hackathons around the world.
At a hackathon, she says, people with creative ideas can join with others to develop and write computer programs.
"A hacker is anyone that can take limited resources or be in any type of constraint -- time constraint, resource constraint, knowledge constraint -- and create something from nothing or something from very little."
As a child, Sabeen Ali learned to live on very little money. Her parents were immigrants from Pakistan. Her father died when she was very young.
"I lived in a house with a single parent, three kids. And we had to figure out how to do a lot of things on our own."
Ali said she used her childhood experiences to create her company.
"Somebody who works in a larger organization 9-to-5, building the same app, day after day, can come and build that thing that's been keeping them up at night. Or somebody like me, who's an entrepreneur, who has this amazing idea -- I know how to make money from it, I know all the customers and the clients, but I don't have the tech resources to be able to put it together -- I needed this type of outlet and support and forum."
Her business has organized hackathons in more than 90 cities throughout the world. Hackers form teams, and compete to win awards for the best idea and best product.
AngelHack works with a winner from each event for 12 weeks, helping them form companies and persuade people to invest money in their idea.
The top teams are brought to Silicon Valley, near San Francisco, where they present their idea to hundreds of possible investors.
Some teams helped by AngelHack have had great success. Investors gave one team $10 million. Two others were bought by Google, the technology company.
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1.A team of people with different skills is necessary to turn that idea into reality.
turn... into... 将……转变为……
The researchers say that one day these cells could be turned into sperm and egg cells to bring the species back from the brink.
He was capable enough to turn loss into gain.
2.As a child, Sabeen Ali learned to live on very little money.
live on... 以……为生
The proportion of Americans living on welfare rose.
...people trying to live on $100 a week.
阿里是加州一家名为AngelHack公司的创始人和领导人 。这家公司在全球范围内组织黑客马拉松活动 。
阿里小时候就学会用很少的钱过活 。她的父母是从巴基斯坦移民过来的 。她的父亲在他还小的时候就去世了 。
“我跟妈妈还有3个兄弟姐妹住在一个房子里 。我们必须要靠自己弄明白很多事情的原理 。”
“一些人在更大型的公司里工作，早九晚五，每天做同样的app，日复一日，有时候还要熬夜工作 。也有像我这样有很棒的点子的企业家——我知道如何用点子赚钱，我了解顾客和消费者的心理，但我没有技术资源整合资源——我需要这样的出口、支持和平台 。”
她的公司在全球90多个城市组织了黑客马拉松活动 。来自各个团队的黑客互相竞争，赢取最佳创意奖和最佳产品奖 。
一些被AngelHack资助的团队已经取得了巨大的成功 。其中1个团队获得了投资者的1000万美元 。另有2个团队被技术公司谷歌收购 。
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