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Pat T.


Seattle, WA

Member since:

March 29, 2013

What would you like to get out of this meetup group?

I'm a novice hackathon organizer, looking to get advice. The former lead organizer of local RHoK and GWoB events has gone off to do research -- I'm hoping to keep things going, or at least not let them languish.

What are your primary skills and/or areas to hack on? (e.g. front-end, back-end, UX, UI, hardware, graphics, etc.)

I generally end up working on web services (usually back end), mobile apps, databases, and assorted glue scripts. Would really like to sneak machine learning in there somewhere.

What are your favorite tools? (e.g. languages, frameworks, devices, software, conceptual models, etc.)

Macro-10 ;-), LISP, Python, Java, Matlab, Scratch... Web2py (and Sahana Eden, built on it)... Proto boards, esp. 32-bit, like the TI Launchpad. FPGAs (about to get a Papillio). Kinect. Android phones as robot controllers ;-). Etc.

What's something cool you've built recently? (it's okay if you haven't)

Some Python / Web2py test helpers, e.g. for: Comparing contents of a database against a golden data set, with various match criteria. An easy way to intercept functions, log calls, optionally call a mock or the real function to provide return values.

If you've been to hackathons in the past, what was the best you've ever been to?

Can I cheat and answer > 1? RHoK 2, Nov 2010. Naval Postgraduate School RELIEF exercise, Feb 2011. RHoK 3, Jul 2011. RHoK Global, Dec 2011. Grace Hopper Open Source Day, 2011. Seattle Robotics Society Robothon, 2012. Ushahidi design jam, 2012.


Been programming since I was 16, back in the days of FORTRAN and punched cards. Main experience is in OS internals, filesystems, drivers, networks, web services, mobile apps, robotics. Main academic background is in machine learning.

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