In the big wide world outside of the outdoors community there are things called hackathons, or for video game creation game jams.
Generally these are events put on that have coders, designers, artists etc coming together in one location and in a short time frame (usually 48 hours) come up with ideas/prototypes or even a finished app based around whatever the theme of the hackathon is.
The hosts of the hackathon provide a location, Internet access, pizza and refreshments, and places for people to crash (usually wherever anyone can find as a quite spot) although not much sleep gets had.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well today on the TGO website they are running a story about one that is being run based around the outdoors.
Nature and technology collide in a ‘hackday’ for the outdoors industry
The hackathon is being held on the 18th – 20th May at Slapton, Devon.
Personally I’d love to attend and participate, but there is a Dr Who/Star Trek sci-fi event at the East of England Showground that weekend that I have tickets for.
Hopefully this will not be the only time they hold the hackathon, and they will promote it a bit earlier than this next time. A couple of weeks advance notice isn’t really enough notice for this sort of thing. How are impoverished students meant to get bargain train fares at such short notice? Or over worked lecturers get ahead on their work load so they can attend?
Anyway I’m excited about this, and look forward to see what comes out of this hackathon.
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