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This article was published on May 18, 2012


Facebook’s pre-IPO hackathon kicks off with a standing ovation, hoodies and lots and lots of people

Facebook’s pre-IPO hackathon kicks off with a standing ovation, hoodies and lots and lots of people
Jon Russell
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Facebook revealed that it is seeing in its impending IPO with one final hackathon as a private company, and things are already under way at Menlo Park.

The listing is set to be the biggest Internet IPO ever — which will value the company at an initial $104 billion — and Zuckerberg will ring the bell in from a stage that has been constructed for the event. Thousands of employees attended, initially, giving their CEO and company founder a standing ovation.

The images come courtesy of Facebook staffer Francis Luu. We’ve put a few of the most interesting shots below, but you can go check them out in full here, you know where…

Standing room only:

‘Executive hoodies’ are particularly popular:

Zuck gets a standing ovation, ahead of ringing the bell in remotely via Facebook HQ on Friday morning: