Hack in the name of love. Make apps, not war
When you love someone, you’d do pretty much anything for them. You’d catch a grenade for them, follow them into the dark, and put up with them when they’re being bat-shit crazy. We know you loved our previous Hackweekends, so we’re going to ask you to do something for us.
Maybe not drink poison, or hold us when we sleep at night (because some people might find that creepy and inappropriate) — none of that. All we want you to do is to make sure that you’ve registered for Hackweekend 3: Make Apps, Not War.
At this Hackweekend, we want you to come and build apps for people, things, animals, or causes that you love. Thought it would be cool to get cats to serenade your loved one, but couldn’t find any willing cats? You could make an app for that, all in the name of love!
Here are the details for this Hackweekend:
Venue: Temporary Gallery, National Science Centre, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur (refer to map below)
Time and Date: 12pm, 31st March to 12pm, 1st April
12:00 Networking and lunch
13:30 Opening keynote
14:30 Team formation
15:00 Hacking begins
19:00 Dinner and lightning talks
20:00 Hacking continues
00:00 Project updates
02:00 More hacking
08:00 Final commit
09:00 Hacking closes
10:00 Demo time
12:00 Mingle with your audience
What to pack
Your machine but also remember that it’s the small things that make it work. Power cables, mice, your favourite pair of headphones and if you really need it perhaps an additional monitor.
Comfy wear cause you are going to be in it for a little more than 24 hours and we all know there is nothing worse than being stuck in something stuffy. Slippers, shorts and a tees are perfectly acceptable. It gets cold later at night so you might want to pack a sweater or a travel blanket.
Toiletries come in handy for overnight hacking. There will be shower spaces available this time around. So bring along your soap, shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, facial cleanser, a small towel and any extras that you might need.
Medication for those of you that have preexisting medical conditions. If there is something that the organizers need to look out for please give us a heads up.
Connection tools should be packed too as you will be meeting a lot of new people, name cards will come in handy, you could alternatively sign up for http://radd.me the contact sharing application and save some trees.
What to prepare for
Be clear about what you want to hack, the more clear you are the easier it is for people to join your team and move on to make amazing things. Consider framing your “pitch” to the following format :
- What is the problem i seek to solve
- My idea on how to solve it
- What existing talents/ assets I have that would help me do it
Each person is given precisely 60 seconds to pitch an idea at the beginning of Hackweekend, no slides just get up on stage and make your case. If you already have a team – you get to go first. Come speak to the organizers if you need to run through your pitch and get comfortable with it.
Then people pick teams they would like to join and hacking starts.
If you spend time looking for the assets that are required to build such as an existing code base that you can fork or creative commons images for that you can use. If you have the time you can already start mocking up your ideas. If you aren’t using your regular machines it is advisable that you prep your development environment loading up your favorite text editors and FTP clients and such.
What to expect
Trough out the 24 hours that you are at the Hackathon, the following will be provided for
- Food and drink, with lots of snacks.
- Internet connectivity (best effort basis). Bringing a backup wont be a bad thing
- Lots of power sockets
- A chance to meet and work with lots of amazing people
For any questions you might have, please feel free to contact Darshini at 016-2207411 or email@example.com