[hackerspaces] November 2010 - Synchronous Hackathon

Chris Hardee shazzner at gmail.com
Fri Nov 12 07:29:10 CET 2010

Our space is totally down for this, one question though I noticed on the
page it lists Ustream links. We've had real success with Justin.tv, not so
much with Ustream. Can we use that instead?

On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM, Robert Fitzsimons <robfitz at 273k.net> wrote:

> The upcoming November Synchronous Hackathon [1] will take place over the
> weekend of the 20th and 21st of November.  It is also the one year
> anniversary of the first event.  So after some discussions during recent
> call-in's we're going to try something a little different.
> The intention is to increase the inter-space activity by using the
> regular hackathon to run a BarCamp [2] style conference, along with
> friendly challenges and common activities.  Using audio/video streaming,
> IRC and other internet resources for communication over the weekend.
> BarCamp
> So for the BarCamp part we are asking spaces to come forward and stream
> a talk/class/whatever during a timeslot over the weekend.  Most spaces
> run talks why not give one to an international audience?
> I've started collecting some details on the wiki page [1].
> Challenge
> A little bit of friendly competition can spice things up.  So we are
> asking spaces to form a team (or teams) and see if you can come up an
> interesting solution for the weekend challenge.
> The challenge should have multiple solutions, not cost much or need
> special equipment.  Each team would report on their results in a blog
> post or webpage and if suitable a wining team could be picked, and have
> the honor of picking the next challenge.
> Our current idea for the first challenge would be for teams to come up
> with a way of transporting a delicious cupcake by post to another space
> without damage.  We've just got to flesh out some basic ground rules
> type of postage allowed, max size, max weight, etc.
> Common Activity
> This is fairly open-ended it could be something like a worldwide coding
> relay, shared story/song writing, a capture the flag, anything goes.
> Just pick a couple of activities to work on over the weekend and see
> what we come up with.
> Two activities I like to see worked on in November would be.  Code or a
> system that would function as a video version of IRC which would help
> with following the activities during a hackathon.  And a website and
> tools which could be used to track activities before, during and after
> the hackathon.
> I think it'll be fun, so get your space involved.  We can try and expand
> some of the details on this list.
> Robert
> 1.  http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Synchronous_Hackathon/2010-11-20
> 2.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp
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