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January hack-a-thon

  • Jan 14, 2014 · 5:30 PM
  • D317 - D block, 3rd floor, Otago Polytechnic

January Hackathon

In 2014 we're starting a new series of monthly meetups! Bring a laptop and either hack on a personal project, or participate in a hands on, tutorial style presentation. These are being hosted by Otago Polytech. Our first tutorial session is:


Javascript! Yaaaaay!

In this hands on tutorial you will build a web app by leveraging the modern Javascript ecosystem. We will cover:

• tooling

• testing

• optimising

• deployment.

You will need:

• A laptop

• A github account: (follow instructions to install git on your machine)

• A heroku account:

• A phonegap account:

• Windows users will need putty:

The tech stack will be as follows (we will install these in the course of the tutorial):

client =

server =

tooling =

In addition to learning rapid development, you will leave the tutorial with a production ready web and native mobile app.


Please RSVP to the meetup event if you plan on attending. This will help us find an appropriate space. 

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  • Bayard R.

    Thanks everyone for your patience with the laptop issues. Future hack-a-thons will no doubt run more smoothly. Any feedback regarding how we can improve the format is certainly welcome. I think we really want to encourage more open interaction and discussion, but I think the room and the layout of the desks hampered that a bit. Thomi tells me the next hack-a-thon will be in a larger room with a layout that will be better for collaboration.

    For those of you that are interested in learning more about Angular, I can recommend John Lindquist's introductory angular videos on I'm afraid I don't have suggestions for text resources for those that prefer reading, other than the Angular documentation which is not great to be honest, but would encourage you to poke around blogs and look at example projects on github.

    January 15, 2014

    • Marcin W.

      Thanks for your work guys, it was pretty good :)

      January 15, 2014

    • Marcin W.

      As for suggestion, it would be good if files that you are working on were accesible for other people during hack-a-thon. Maybe just commit them to public repository or use dropbox, whatever is easier for you. That way even if someone drops a bit behind, we can still catch up without bothering you guys to go back to previous steps.

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • Nic B.

    Jesse's client section was great, pity we ran out of time for Kit to finish the server section. I found the pace good, a handout of tutorial steps might help those that struggled/fell behind/missed the code and commands as they were typed on projector.

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Bayard R.

      Thanks for the suggestions Nic - I think handouts would have helped; a good consideration for future hack-a-thons.

      January 15, 2014

  • Rob A.

    Hey everyone,

    For those of you who fell a bit behind, I managed to find a (very similar) tutorial here:

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does it matter which OS we have on our laptop? Is OSX or Windows 8 better/preferred?

    December 19, 2013

    • Thomi R.

      I can also help with Linux issues.

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be there with my Windows 8 laptop, so can help with that.

      December 20, 2013

  • Jonathan D.

    Sounds awesome! Alas, out of town!

    December 19, 2013

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