A hackathon is a gathering of designers and developers. Participants come together for a few days to meet other professionals, start a new project, get ideas and inspiration, learn new skills, race and compete on a theme, and visit a new place.
The Nevada City Hackathon is focused on software projects primarily, but other than that, what you make is up to you. See you there!
I bought snacks this morning for the healthily inclined and less healthily-inclined alike (carrots and hummus vs chips and popcorn). Come one, come all, bring your friends!
Last thing – we have plenty of street parking on Searls and parking spots in front of our building. If possible, please use that before parking near the rear building – they are another business and we try to be good neighbors. See you tonight!
Reminder, the hack night is coming up on Thursday!
A heads up to check the event page because Sierra Commons has MOVED, so make sure you come to the new location on Searls. Details are here: http://www.meetup.com… – We’ll start at 5pm and go until 8:30pm. Feel free to come and go within that time frame – it’ll just be a casual event where people can work together, talk, etc.
Finally, a few notes on the night:
#1 Hack nights aren’t just for software developers – they’re great for anyone who wants to tinker – hardware developers, jury rigging together components to make something fun, designers, and more. We’d love to see hackers of all stripes show up
#2 I’ll be bringing snacks. Probably no beer (not in the budget right now, sorry – feel free to bring your own), but some drinks and light food.
#3 Could you invite someone else you know? If you know of another developer in the area, could you tell them about Nevada County Hackers? These events get better when we get more people involved.
#4 We’ll probably talk a bit about what people want from the group, then bring it online so that everyone can participate. I’ve heard talk of trying to get some tools together to make an ad-hoc hacker-space of sorts, an open source hackathon, another regular hackathon, more speakers, purely social events, etc. Bring your ideas of what you want to see from this group and we’ll see what we can put together.
Feel free to email or message me with questions and comments. See you Thursday!
Last weekend, 30+ hackers converged at Sierra Commons for the first ever Hackathon in Nevada County. The event was given high ratings by all participants and there is a resounding “YES” for more hackathons in the near future.
Highlights included four incredible lightning talks. The topics included life as an indie game developer, Kickstarter campaigns, Apache configuration, developing for Windows 8, and the uber crowd pleaser presentation on visualizing data with D3.js
D3.js Example: Zoomable Sunburst using coffee flavor wheel
Participants worked hard, although one hacker said that their Saturday was spent yacking more than hacking. Some teams formed and built applications together, while some shared knowledge with others while working individually on their own project. Sierra Commons fueled the event with a pizza dinner, energy drinks, and nosh throughout the event.
The biggest storm of the season did not deter hackers from showing up early on Sunday morning. Luckily, we did not have to spark up our backup generator, but Comcast Internet was down for the first half of the day. Participants banded together and created an ad hoc mobile hotspot network with smart phones. What could have been a disaster for the event turned out to be an opportunity to band together and use creative problem solving.
The official event culminated in a product showcase, where participants had a chance to show off their work and win great prizes. Up for grabs was an Xbox 360 provided by Microsoft, $150 cash, and one free month at Sierra Commons. There were nine impressive demos judged by Benji Brown – President Studio B Flat, Matt Harrington -Microsoft Developer Evangelist, and Robert Trent – Executive Director at Sierra Commons. The judging proved more difficult than expected due to the strength of the entries. In the end, the Most Marketable category ended in a tie between Steve Ross and the Nevada Union High School Team. Matt Harrington arranged for an additional Microsoft donation of five Windows phones for the NU team.
MOST MARKETABLE – (Tie)
Space Turtles – Nevada Union High School Technology and Business Club
The game is being developed for mobile devices. Space Turtles is a fun shooter game involving cute animals and geometric shapes.
Please Remind Me – Steve Ross
This web-based application helps teachers remind students of homework assignments, and more. Reminders are sent to students and their parents via text messages.
Deal Finder-Matt Vanderpol
This mobile app uses geolocation to determine the user’s location. Deal Finder users can search by business type and see money saving offers from businesses down the street and around the corner.
Chatterbox- Team Chatterbox (Abe Meissler, Kyle Spaulding, and Josh Levine)
The web application lets users search for news and events that interest them most. The website combs local blogs and other sources to return targeted local results. The interface design makes it easy to navigate and the chat box allows users to talk with other people interested in the topic searched.
The demos also included the following projects.
Daniel Levy – Humandalas
Facilitates meaningful interactions with the people around you
Steve Nicholson – Letter Press Solver
Mobile app that helps you discover solutions for the popular Letter Press game
Unfortunately, we no longer have a Livestream Premium account, so you’ll be forced to create an account with them to view the hackathon. I’m sorry about that. We’ll also monitor the contact form on this site if you have any troubles.
Yesterday evening, No Problem installed the network for the hackathon, a speedy piece of Wireless-N equipment that I’ve started calling the Bunny Router. It’s a powerful little device that is apparently capable of handling incredibly heavy loads to large numbers of locations. Works great so far (running off of it right now).
This is just one of the final pieces to put in place for tomorrow’s hackathon. Feel free to contact us if you need any information. We’re up to 35 (and counting) attendees, so we should have a great showing of capable developers – and a lively competition for the prizes.
Registration is still open, so if you haven’t signed up, make sure to reserve your spot now. For the rest of you, I’ll see you tomorrow! If you’re coming from the valley floor, be prepared for heavier rain up here – should be fun. Thanks again to No Problem for getting the network running smoothly. They’ll be on hand all weekend to make sure that everything keeps going.
So, you get excited about that really cool talk by Nelson Minar on Visualizing Data with D3.JS, only to find that you can’t show up until later. Well, I have good news for you. We’ll be live streaming the Nevada City Hackathon Lightning talks, and possibly other portions of the event, right here on nevadacityhackathon.com. Woo hoo! Tune in Saturday morning for more details.
Still, if you can show up, we’d love to have you. The roster now includes developers of all stripes and the event is looking like a lot of fun. See you Saturday.
Just a friendly reminder. Getting excited to see all of you there. Thanks again to our awesome sponsors for making this event possible and providing some cool contest prizes. If you haven’t yet signed up, registration is still open and we encourage you to register in advance because we may run out of seats.
If you need a place to stay or a carpool to Nevada City, use our contact form to let us know and we’ll see if we can help you find something.