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Heroku Media Mini-Hackathon

  • Nov 21, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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A mini-hackathon for developers in the media industry, helping you build apps and deploy them quickly on the Heroku platform.

Your challenge as a team is to create a web application that shows off what can be achieved in a small space of time. The choice of application will be down to those at the event, so bring your ideas and enthusiasm along.

Help and advice will be on hand by experts from Heroku and Tquila. As we are also at 10Gen, we may even have a few MongoDB experts.

Rough schedule

6.00pm - Socialise over pizza and discuss ideas for the hack
6.45pm - Get into groups and start hacking & deploying
8.45pm - Final show and tell

Anatomy of the mini-hackathon

The mini-hackathon will consist of small teams working together to build their web application and deploy them to heroku as a live website. The applications can solve any challenge related to the media industry. At the end of the event, teams will discuss their experiences and what they want to try next.

Advice is on hand to help you on getting the most out of using Github & Heroku as part of your build & deployment process.

The mini-hackathon session will include:

  • Practical, hands-on development on Heroku using any supported language
  • First hand experience from other developers in industry
  • Share techniques and experiences over drinks and food

About Heroku

Heroku provides a platform as a service (PaaS) for building, deploying and running application in the cloud. Languages directly supported by Heroku include Ruby, Node.js, Java, Python, Clojure and Scala. Customer examples of Heroku use can be seen at

Before the hackathon

Ensure you have a git client (, at least one person in the team will need to commit their code to Github.

If you are new to using the Git version control system, get a free Github account and take the 15 minute github tutorial at

To deploy your application to Heroku, you will need an Heroku account and have installed the Heroku toolbelt ( This can also be done at the event and is only required by one team member.

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  • Sachin C.

    It was worth attending event to know about power of Heroku.

    November 22, 2012

  • Mike G.

    Didn't know what to expect. Surprised at just how easy it was to build a basic app. You hear all the marketing spill, then normally the reality is different. Luckily we had Keith in our team! :-) This was the best meetup for me so far as it was hands on.

    November 22, 2012

  • John S.

    Hello everyone,
    Thanks for your patients regarding this event. We have hit a lot of red tape at the venue we were planning to use.

    It looks like the best option is to move the event back a week to Wednesday 21st November and host it at the 10Gen offices, near Old Street Roundabout.

    If anyone has problems with this new date then please let me know.

    I will confirm the new date and location early next week.

    Thank you.

    October 28, 2012

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Our Sponsors

  • Manning Publications

    Discounts on books, free books for reviews, prizes etc

  • Make Positive

    Gracious hosts providing a great venue and wonderful food & drink

  • BrightGen

    Beer, pizza and an awesome view of London.

  • Capgemini UK

    Hosting facilities, food and drink

  • Cloud Sherpas

    Gracious hosts providing a great venue and wonderful food & drink

  • Appirio

    Meetup space, beer and pizza

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