Hackathon

Now is your chance to write some code with your meetup friends.  GTA PHP is pleased to announce our first ever Hackathon.  If you've been to a hackathon before you'll know how much fun it can be.  If you haven't been to one before, here's how it will work:

We spend the first 30 minutes discussing projects we want to work on.  Anyone who has an idea is welcome to speak up and invite others to hack on it with you.  There is no specific topic or limitations, but this would usually be some sort of open-source or pet project that you are building or helping with.  It might be a brand new idea that you want to get off the ground, or a specific technology you want to play with, or it could be something that you have been working on for years and have some pesky bugs to fix.  If you don't have a project of your own you want to work on, then you are encouraged to join someone else to help work on theirs.

Once we decide on which projects we will be working on, we will form into teams of roughly 3-4 people.  The team will then work together on a specific project with the goal of having something to show off by the end of the night.

At around 10:30pm we will start the demos.  We will setup a projector and someone from each group will tell everyone about their project and what they accomplished during the hackathon by showing off code and/or final output.

We won't be serving any drinks or food, but you are welcome to bring something in provided that you don't leave any waste behind.  CSI is a zero-waste environment so we can't leave anything behind that wasn't there when we arrived (not even anything in the garbage cans).

Bring you own laptop.  There is decent wifi onsite.

Here is the schedule that we hope to be following:

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Discuss Ideas & Form Teams
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM - Hacking
10:30 PM - 11:00 PM - Demo!

 

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  • Jude

    Great

    February 11, 2013

  • Ashwin S.

    It was great meeting everyone... Hope to see this event happen often...

    February 6, 2013

  • Erez E E.

    I was very glad to join the group. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. I look forward to the next meetup.

    February 6, 2013

  • Vic M.

    I had a blast - it was a real pleasure meeting everyone who came out, and getting involved in a new project.

    February 6, 2013

  • Ankur T.

    Glad to see everyone! We should do this every month (maybe a new meetup group for hackathons??)

    February 6, 2013

  • Martin K.

    Was my first meetup glad to meet all the friendly fellow phpers!

    February 6, 2013

  • Peter M.

    I had a great time hacking on some code and seeing the interesting projects that others are working on. I wish I could do this every week.

    February 5, 2013

  • Derek S.

    Will computers be provided on site or do we have to bring a notebook? Also, how do we bring in code? Is a pocket-sized USB drive acceptable? I would like to work on a project that generates statistics about TTC service based on their published realtime data. I have the basic code written but the problem is that its so slow downloading the XML. I would like to integrate with a MySQL database so it stores the data from the XML files so that it can be accessed more quickly by the front-end. I have not had a chance to do this yet, but would be willing to give it a shot on Tuesday.

    February 4, 2013

    • Derek S.

      Will you be providing a web server or should I install WAMP on my notebook? Please note that my notebook is not my usual development system.

      February 5, 2013

    • Vic M.

      We aren't providing web servers. Someone in your team might be able to expose a web server, but generally it is better if team members each have a working dev stack and sync via something like git. Or just share a keyboard and work as a pair.

      February 5, 2013

  • Erez E E.

    Hey guys, 11pm is a bit late, how bad would it be if I leave at around 9 or so?

    February 5, 2013

    • Peter M.

      It's no problem at all.

      February 5, 2013

    • Vic M.

      No problem if your team doesn't mind, except that you won't be able to participate in the demo portion of the event. Come on out and you'll still have the chance to work with some new people and expose yourself to how they do things.

      February 5, 2013

  • Ankur T.

    I've also started a project that I haven't finished called illtxtu which is a small SMS experiment, just throwing it out there don't think there will be any interest in this....
    http://illtxtu.com/app.php­

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Martin K.

    I am also coming to this Hackathon with a project under my belt. Specifically I work on the web-based radio Airtime: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai...­

    I'm willing to explain the code base to anyone interested in hacking away at it, and also open to constructive criticism from more experienced developers.

    February 2, 2013

    • Paul R.

      This looks pretty cool Martin. I have some background in radio; if I don't do my own OO project as below, I may join you.

      1 · February 3, 2013

  • Peter M.

    If anyone is interested, I would like to do some work on my online IDE https://github.com/pmeth/bangide­. Specificially I would like to add ssh support and the ability to create files/folders. Also the login system needs to be much better.

    February 2, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Hey... First time at Hackathon. I have a reasonable skill level with PHP but would like to beef up my object oriented skills. If there are some others interested in it, maybe we could do a simple user object with authetication or some other bells or whistles, time permitting. I have some pipe-dream projects that I could use something like this for, but seems general enough others would benefit from the resulting code too. Cheers!

    February 2, 2013

  • Bharat D.

    Hi , peter. Just wondering , I have not participated in a hackathon before and I am currently enrolled in college.I haven't done an individual project outside the college curriculam, so how will it work for me, if I join?Will I be placed in a group to work on project?

    January 31, 2013

    • Vic M.

      Like Peter said earlier - there is no restriction on experience. None. You could have never written a line of code in your life, and you'd still be welcome. I hope nobody is letting some kind of fear that they're not good enough hold them back from joining us on Tuesday.

      January 31, 2013

    • Vic M.

      Dang, I hit enter for a line break and ended up posting... Anyway - at the very least you can observe how other people write code. If others can observe how you write code that's a bonus. This is about getting exposure to other styles and habits which might be useful to you. Working with somebody new. I can't stress enough how valuable that kind of thing is. If I can't find a team to join I want to build something to manage car pools to meetups. I would welcome anyone no matter how novice to my team.

      January 31, 2013

  • Peter M.

    The focus is on social coding, so we will try to get everyone into a group. I'm sure there will be several different interesting projects to work on.

    January 31, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Feel free to post your project ideas here so participants can have the opportunity to prepare ahead of time.

    January 31, 2013

  • Peter M.

    I have been getting a couple of questions about the experience required to participate. There is no restriction on experience and we are hoping to have a good mix of experience levels in the room.

    January 31, 2013

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