• Simpleweb Challenge Hacknight: Appetite for Distraction

    Let's face it, we all have an Appetite for Distraction (that's a bad Guns 'n' Roses pun there btw). Productivity ebbs and flows but, both in and out of work, we're regularly blinded by the world around us. Be that technology, social media, noise pollution or our own whirring minds. Of course, this is sometimes a wonderful thing. But, increasingly, these are distractions that are taking away from our awareness and appreciation of the world around us, and the people in it. Why not come up with some solutions at our next Simpleweb Hacknight, in association with Women's Tech Hub! This Simpleweb Challenge is sponsored by TEAMango (www.teamango.com) - A highly experienced and innovative team of HR Professionals who understand the pains of growth and can help navigate you through them. The challenge We challenge you to build something cool in response to the following question: “How can we be less distracted and really enjoy the world around us and live more ‘in the moment’?” This is your chance to get together to generate ideas and solutions. And the brilliant thing is, you don't need to be a coder to get involved! Whether you use the evening to build a beautiful new app, or just a hand-drawn prototype, code something crazy, hack some hardware or just let your ideas run wild - it's up to you! Our hacks are open to artists, writers, designers, developers, UX nerds, project managers and anything in between (or just anyone with a love of coming up with whacky ideas!). Everyone is welcome! The rules To keep things fair we like to set a few groups rules. No coding or creating mockups before the day! - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to a bit of research beforehand, but to keep things fair you can’t have started on the code or mockups for your project until the day. You can work alone or in teams of up to 4 people. We recommend gathering your team beforehand but we'll be on hand to help put teams together on the night. Not a developer? We recommend using Sketch (https://www.sketchapp.com/) or Marvel (https://marvelapp.com/) (both have free trials!) to prototype your idea. What to expect We’ll start the night with some homemade food followed by a super quick word from our sponsors. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 hours to work on your project. We’ll keep the refreshments flowing (courtesy of our sponsors TEAMango) throughout with bottomless tea, soft drinks and some cheeky beers, as well as some tasty homemade food to keep you going. At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and vote for the winner(s). There will be PRIZES - we'll reveal more here a few days before the night! If you have any accessibility needs, please email [masked].

    2
  • Simpleweb Challenge hacknight with Venturefest: Blockchain for future cities

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    We’ve seen a lot of amazing ideas for applications of blockchain recently – from self-managing cars to blockchain-based novels (https://medium.com/@teau/a-universe-explodes-a-blockchain-book-ab75be83f28) to digital voting (https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23531424-500-bitcoin-tech-to-put-political-power-in-the-hands-of-voters/) to managing music rights (https://blockgeeks.com/guides/blockchain-applications/)… the list goes on. In partnership with Venturefest (http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/) – celebrating innovation in Bristol and Bath – we’re inviting you to create working prototypes or concepts for projects exploring how we can use blockchain to create a positive impact on cities in the future. Great apps aren’t just about tech, so as well as developers, we’re inviting all creative, business-minded and ideas people to get involved. Whatever your area of expertise, everyone is welcome. This Simpleweb Challenge is sponsored by Invest Bristol and Bath (https://www.bristolandbath.co.uk/) – supporting and championing investment in amazing local companies. The challenge We're challenging you to create working prototypes or concepts for projects exploring how we can use blockchain to create a positive impact on cities in the future. The rules We want The Simpleweb Challenge to be totally fair so we’re going to lay down a few ground rules… No coding or creating mockups before the night - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to a bit of research beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code or mockups for your project until the night. NOTE: If you are using blockchain technology, please make sure that you have the necessary software installed and the relevant blockchain in sync before you arrive. There won’t be enough time or bandwidth to support setting up on the night! There’s some links in the ‘further reading’ section to help you get set up. You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away a great prize (TBA). Not a developer? We recommend using Sketch (https://www.sketchapp.com/) or Marvel (https://marvelapp.com/) (both have free trials!) to prototype your idea. Who can come? Anyone’s welcome at the Simpleweb Challenge hacknight! If you’re a developer, come code something cool. Not a developer? You can submit digital prototypes showing how your idea would work. Everyone’s in for a chance of winning! What should I expect? We’ll start the night with some homemade food followed by a super quick introduction. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 hours to work on your project. We’ll keep the drinks flowing throughout! At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and vote for the winner(s). Prizes will be revealed here a few days before the night! Further reading Blockchain 101 – a visual demo [video] (https://anders.com/blockchain/) Ethereum for dummies [video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LK0t_qaPo) http://veenspace.com/ethereum Step-by-Step Guide: Getting Started with Ethereum Mist Wallet (https://medium.com/@attores/step-by-step-guide-getting-started-with-ethereum-mist-wallet-772a3cc99af4) https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-cryptoeconomics/ https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hashed_Timelock_Contracts Tools Ethereum.org - tools for getting set up with Ethereum (https://www.ethereum.org/) multichain.com (https://www.multichain.com/) - helps organizations to build and deploy blockchain applications with speed. hyperledger.org/ (https://www.hyperledger.org/) Ethereum programming 101 tutorial: https://github.com/makoto/london-ethereum-codeup/blob/master/tutorials/truffle.md https://openzeppelin.org/ http://truffleframework.com/

    10
  • Simpleweb Challenge Hacknight: Secrets

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    In a time when more and more data is being collected on all of us, when we distrust the systems that hold us together, it's more important than ever that we keep our secrets secret. It’s also time to have a little fun. We’re partnering with visual authentication providers PixelPin (https://www.pixelpin.co.uk/), and inviting attendees to create working prototypes or concepts for apps around the theme of “secrets”. Whether you want to securely share data at work, protect your photos or mask yourself from CCTV, we’re inviting you to create the future of secrets. Great apps aren’t just about tech, so as well as developers, we’re inviting all creative, business-minded and ideas people to get involved. Whatever your area of expertise, everyone is welcome. This Simpleweb Challenge is sponsored by PixelPin - the awesome visual authentication solution, replacing passwords with pictures. The challenge We're challenging you to create the future of secrets... Whether you want to help keep secrets between friends, keep hackers off your back or prototype the future of confidentiality at work, we want to see it! The rules We want The Simpleweb Challenge to be totally fair so we’re going to lay down a few ground rules… No coding or creating mockups before the night - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to a bit of research beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code or mockups for your project until the night. I know, I know, there’s not a lot of time, but at least we’re all in the same boat, eh?! You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize (TBA). At the Simpleweb Challenge YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE ANY CODE TO WIN! We’re offering two prizes - one for the best working prototype (be it app, website, widget or hardware hack) and another prize for the best idea (must be shown through mockups or wireframes, but no coding required). Who can come? Anyone’s welcome at the Simpleweb Challenge hacknight! If you’re a developer, come code something cool and try to win the techie prize. Not a developer? We recommend using Sketch (https://www.sketchapp.com/) or Marvel (https://marvelapp.com/) (both have free trials!) to prototype your idea. There’s a prize for the best idea! What should I expect? We’ll start the night with some homemade food followed by a super quick word from our sponsor. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 hours to work on your project. We’ll keep the drinks flowing throughout! At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and vote for the winner(s). Prizes will be revealed here a few days before the night!

    14
  • Simpleweb Challenge Hack Day - The Future of Chat

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    Welcome to our all day creative hack day - techies and non techies welcome! Join us at our newly revamped HQ on Saturday September 24th for our mini hacking festival. We'll be kitting the place out for festival vibes with music, home cooked food and drinks flowing all day. Not a coder? No problem. With prizes for ideas, wireframes and working prototypes, everyone's eligible to win something. Thanks to Opposable VR, we’ll be building a mini VR cave where you can come and play with the latest in VR tech. We'll start making at 10:30am and stop at 5pm with a break for Geekfeeder's famous sandwiches for lunch. During the day, there will be a couple of optional creative talks if you fancy a break. We'll serve up hot, homemade dinner (veggie and meat options available) at 5pm before gathering to show and tell, and pick winners until around 7pm. We'll be staying on at the venue until 10pm and we'd love for you to all join us for drinks. The Challenge Your challenge will be to create working prototypes or concepts for apps in the area of chat, automation, AI and community. Great apps aren’t just about tech, so as well as developers, we’re inviting all creative, business-minded and ideas people to get involved. No experience needed! Whatever your area of expertise, everyone is welcome to help us visualise the future of chat. There’s no limit to what you can create, be it pen and paper sketches of the next beautiful chat app or functioning apps, bots, hardware hacks etc. The only criteria is that your project takes chat to the next level. The Rules No coding or creating mockups before the day! - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to a bit of research beforehand, but to keep things fair you can’t have started on the code or mockups for your project until the day. You can work alone or in teams of up to 3 people. We recommend gathering your team beforehand. Who Can Come? Everyone is welcome - no experience necessary! Not a developer? We recommend using Sketch (https://www.sketchapp.com/) or Marvel (https://marvelapp.com/) (both have free trials!) to prototype your idea. The Prizes Prizes will be awarded across a bunch of categories so everyone has a shot at winning. Teams will be able to win more than one prize so if you’re idea is amazing - prepare to make it rain. The winning team for each category will win £75 cash. The categories are: • Most innovative tech hack • Most innovative concept (for mockups only) • Most absurd • Most commercially viable • Simpleweb choice • People’s Choice (as voted for by you!) Gold sponsor Twilio will also be offering a special prize on the night to their favourite hack that uses Twilio. Food and Drink Homemade food, beer, cider and soft drinks will be on hand throughout the day courtesy of GeekFeeder and our fabulous sponsors. Please let us know ([masked]) if you have any dietary requirements.

    6
  • The Simpleweb Challenge: Communities & Relationships

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    It seems we currently can’t get enough of apps that introduce us to new people. Whether it's through the sharing economy, dating apps, social media or gaming, there’s definitely a massive trend in bringing people together. So for this very special Simpleweb Challenge we’re inviting you to prototype something cool around the theme of communities & relationships. This time we’re mixing it up. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE ANY CODE TO WIN! We’re offering two prizes - one for the best working prototype (be it app, website, widget or hardware hack) and another prize for the best idea (shown though mockups, no coding required). Whether you want to help people make new friends, bring families together or create the future of online dating, we want to see it! Tinder for cats, anyone...? This Simpleweb Challenge is sponsored by the awesome Bath-based Lovehoney - the sexual happiness people. Thanks to Lovehoney’s support, we’ll be providing nutritious homemade food, beer, cider and soft drinks and prizes for the best creations. The rules We’re challenging you to build something cool based around the theme of relationships. We want The Simpleweb Challenge to be totally fair so we’re going to lay down a few ground rules… No coding or creating mockups before the night - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to a bit of research beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code or mockups for your project until the night. I know, I know, there’s not a lot of time, but at least we’re all in the same boat, eh?! You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize (TBA). Who can come? Anyone’s welcome at the Simpleweb Challenge hacknight! If you’re a developer, come code something cool and try to win the techie prize. Not a developer? We recommend using Sketch (https://www.sketchapp.com/) or Marvel (https://marvelapp.com/) (both have free trials!) to prototype your idea. There’s a prize for the best idea! What should I expect? We’ll start the night with some homemade food followed by a super quick word from our sponsors. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 hours to work on your project. We’ll keep the drinks flowing throughout! At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and vote for the winner(s). Prizes will be revealed here a few days before the night!

    19
  • Music Hack at the Fringe Festival Supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

    RSVPs now closed due to capacity. Please join the waiting list if you'd like to attend and we'll try to squeeze you in! As part of the Fringe, supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Simpleweb is challenging you to build something cool around the theme of “music”. Your challenge will be to create a web, mobile or hardware hack with a musical theme. Points for creativity, originality, usefulness and all ‘round general craziness. We'll be joined on the night by guest judge and Bristol legend Krust (@DJKRUST (http://twitter.com/DJKRUST))! You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize and the chance to have your project showcased at the Fringe. The rules To make sure the competition is totally fair, we’re going to lay our just one ground rule… No coding before the day - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to research, gather docs or relevant open source projects and draw up plans beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code for your project until the night. I know, I know, there’s not a lot of time, but at least we’re all in the same boat, eh?! You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize (TBA). Who can come? You don’t have to be a hard-core developer to try your hand at the Bristol Music Hack, but, as you’ll be competing with other developers, you’ll probably want some coding skills and app development experience. Not a developer? Leave a message in the comments to find a developer to team up with (there will be points for originality and usefulness as well as design and “wow factor”). We’ll also be inviting students from the University of Bristol and UWE to share their ideas. If you’re interested in turning a student’s idea into a working product, leave a message in the comments and we’ll hook you up! What should I expect? Arrive at At-Bristol between 6pm-6:30pm for homemade food and proper ales, ciders and soft drinks. We’ll kick off at 7pm and then you’ll have 3 hours to create something cool. At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their hack and the judges will pick the winners. Prizes will be revealed on the night ;) We’ll also be inviting you back to show off your hack to Bristol’s music and social enterprise pros, and students from the University of Bristol and UWE, and to create a video demonstrating your hack to be shown as part of The Fringe. This event is part of a wider hackathon in collaboration with the University of Bristol and UWE who will be hosting an ideas hackathon for students to come up with ideas and MVPs focused on using music for social good.

    13
  • The Simpleweb Challenge: Social Apps

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    It’s time for another Simpleweb Challenge! This time using our very own Rusic platform. We’ll be challenging you to build something cool (and maybe even useful) using the Rusic API (http://docs.rusic.com). Rusic enables developers and designers to build complex social websites and applications quickly. Rusic is an internal project at Simpleweb that has been around for years in one way or another. We originally built it as an idea generator with Wikipedia as the first user, and then ran a few successful hack nights many years ago (ask @Labfoo (https://twitter.com/labfoo) or @BenjaminReid (https://twitter.com/benjaminreid)). Since then Rusic has been in dark mode, had a load of new features added, and been used to rapidly create many successful client projects (for Simpleweb), including competitions for FatFace, the Forestry Commission and internal engagement platform for EMC. This is our chance to show you what it is, what it's capable of, and where it's going. We think its pretty cool and we can't wait to see what you use it for! The rules We want The Simpleweb Challenge to be totally fair so we’re going to lay a few ground rules... No coding before the night - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to research, gather docs or relevant open source projects and draw up plans beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code for your project until the night. I know, I know, there’s not a lot of time, but at least we’re all in the same boat, eh?! You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize (TBA). Who can come? You don’t have to be a hard-core developer to try your hand at The Simpleweb Challenge. Rusic is suitable for front and back-end developers of all levels of experience, and Rusic experts will be on hand to provide support throughout the night. If you’re not a developer, feel free to leave a message in the comments to find a one to team up with. There will be points for design and “wow factor” so a bit of design knowhow is recommended! What should I expect? We’ll start the night with a quick introduction to Rusic. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 and a half hours to work on your project. We’ll be serving up home cooked food, proper beer & cider and delicious soft drinks so there’s no need to have dinner before you get here. At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and vote for the winner(s). Prizes will be revealed on the night ;) Next: We’ll be holding an extra special event this Autumn so be sure to watch this space!

    16
  • The Simpleweb Challenge: Communicating in the Cloud

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    We’re back and this time we’re teaming up with the amazing Twilio! We’ll be challenging you to build something cool using any of Twilio’s APIs. You’ll be able to build intelligent and complex communications systems, enabling phones, VoIP and SMS to be embedded into apps and websites. Visit Twilio.com (https://www.twilio.com/) for more information and inspiration on what you can build. We’ll be joined by Phil Nash, developer evangelist at Twilio, who’ll be on hand to provide support and will be our judge for the evening. The rules I know, rules suck, which is why we don’t have many. There’s just a couple things to bear in mind to keep the Challenge fair... • You must use Twilio to be eligible for the prize. • You can work alone or in teams of up to 3 people but you will have to share the prize if you win! • No coding before the night - your project should be an original product that you create on the night, not something you’ve been working on for a while. We know 3 hours isn’t a lot of time, but at least this way we’re all in the same boat! Who can come? You don’t have to be a hard-core developer to try your hand at The Simpleweb Challenge. As you’ll be creating an app using Twilio’s APIs, you’ll want a developer on your team (Twilio has community supported libraries for PHP, Ruby, Python, Go, .NET, Java, JavaScript and GAS, C++, Scala, Perl, Erlang, Adobe ColdFusion, Adobe LiveCycle and Mule ESB). Not a developer? Leave a message in the comments to find a developer to team up with (there will be points for design and “wow factor” so a bit of design and UX know-how is recommended!) What should I expect? Arrive at 6:30pm to get some delicious, homemade food from GeekFeeder (there will be a veggie option available). There will be proper beers, ciders and soft drinks on offer all night. We’ll then have a quick introduction from Twilio's Phil Nash at 7pm. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 and a half hours to work on your project. At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea and for the judge to pick the winner(s) Prizes will be revealed on the night ;)

    4
  • The Simpleweb Challenge: Realtime

    Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building

    Oh Yeah! The Simpleweb Challenge is back and this time we’re going Realtime. For this challenge, we’ve teamed up with Pusher, a simple hosted API for quickly, easily and securely adding realtime bi-directional functionality via WebSockets to web and mobile apps, or any other Internet connected device. With Pusher, you can add realtime chat, push notifications, activity streams and more to your apps. Your challenge will be to create a web or mobile app from scratch, based around realtime technology using Pusher. You can work in teams of up to 3 people. The winning team will take away an awesome prize and the chance to have your project showcased by Pusher. The rules Blerg. Rules?! We want The Simpleweb Challenge to be totally fair so this time, we’re going to lay a few ground rules… Actually just one ground rule. Here goes... No coding before the night - preparation is good, and you’re welcome to research, gather docs or relevant open source projects and draw up plans beforehand, but you can’t have started on the code for your project until the night. I know, I know, there’s not a lot of time, but at least we’re all in the same boat, eh?! Who can come? You don’t have to be a hard-core developer to try your hand at The Simpleweb Challenge (but you’ll probably want one on your team!) As you’ll be creating an app using Pusher’s APIs, you (or someone on your team) will need an understanding of either Ruby, PHP and/or Javascript. If you’re a designer or UXer, feel free to leave a message in the comments to find a developer to team up with. There will be points for design and “wow factor” so a bit of design knowhow is recommended! What should I expect? We’ll start the night with a quick introduction from Pusher. After that it’s time to get hacking. You’ll have about 3 and a half hours to work on your project. A couple of members of the Pusher team will be with us on the night to answer your questions and give you a hand where they can! We’ll be serving up home cooked food, craft beers, proper cider and delicious soft drinks so there’s no need to have dinner before you get here. At the end of the night, each team will get a couple of minutes to show off their idea to the Pusher team who will choose the winner(s). Prizes will be revealed on the night ;) Next: The next Simpleweb Challenge hack night will be in April 2015 and will be based around building social campaigns. Details coming soon!

    38