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Hack Night Recap

From: Luc C.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:46 AM



Thanks to all who attended yesterday.

A quick recap: we had 5 teams of pair programmers working on building a simple erlang process that does pubsub. Problem was simple enough that most teams found a working solution. I posted the code I wrote last night online: . If you attended, please post your code on github also and tag it somehow with erlangdc.


We've also discussed working as a group to contribute to existing open-source projects or start one of our own: built by the ErlangDC community. Some of the ideas that were brought up are:

* an Erlang reverse-cache similar to Varnish

* embedded programming with Erlang.


If you have an idea for an open-source project we could work on together during our hack nights, please use the Meetup forums to start a discussion around your idea.


Thanks to Manu Fontaine for bringing the beers (see Manu's message below) and for the Dupont Circle Business Incubator for hosting us.


For those of you who might be interested in joining an interesting startup that will need Erlang developers, I'm forwarding a message from Manu:



I am in the planning stage of a new startup, here in the DC area, for which we will need Erlang talent. I'd like to connect with the local Erlang community to introduce this upcoming project, with the hope of getting folks interested in forming an initial core engineering team. Our core vision is to disrupt "Cloud services" with a new, distributed mesh infrastructure based on managed and trusted CE devices. The vision has been fine-tuned over the past 5 years, and the required technologies have now matured enough to make execution straightforward. The business model and value proposition are very compelling: we should be able to offer "Mesh storage" at around $10/month per TeraByte, which is 10 to 20 times cheaper than Cloud-based offerings (a la S3 and DropBox). In addition, the Mesh enables hardware-based cryptographic security and privacy, which would allow us to offer completely private "personal sharing" between any two participants in the Mesh. On top of those capabilities, the infrastructure would enable virtually any Internet service to be offered efficiently, in a completely private fashion. Given the heightened awareness around security and privacy regarding consumers' personal information, we think the time is just right for this business. We are about to close an Angel round of $1M from local Internet experts, and we are very well connected to several of the most influential local VCs for subsequent rounds. The startup operation will be "incubated" from within a well-established and profitable services company, with ready-to-go logistics and benefits. The core team will get Founders' equity in addition to a competitive salary. We are lucky to be able to skip the "sleepless nights in basement with pizzas" phase of other startups :) And above all, we will likely be one of the most exciting engineering project in the DC area for the years to come. I can be reached @ [masked] and would love to answer any question you may have. Thank you much in advance.


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