Category Archives: hackathon

Resistor Projects at Stupid Hackathon!

Last weekend, NYC Resistor members Cameron Cundiff, Caroline Sinders and David Huerta #disrupted the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon at ITP. Among the Cheez Whiz 3D Printer, VR Fireplace and Browse-with-Guy Chrome extension, they made two projects that helped dumb-up the Stupid Hackathon to a new level:

Caroline Sinders, Greg Borenstein
Debate Camp

Debate Camp is an interactive tale of political intrigue and sexual tension in a secluded boot camp for doing debating… and doing it too? Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio form a kinship in the cutthroat crucible of primary elections, leading them to form a very different kind of “exploratory” committee.

 

Resistor Projects at Stupid Hackathon!

Cameron Cundiff, David Huerta
Dark Registry

Dark Registry is a wedding gift registry, but on the ~*dark web*~. Make your wedding one to remember by making a wishlist of the sketchiest wares the Russian black market has to offer! Download the Tor Browser and point it to the Dark Registry onion service: rlmhcda2ttz4tdtw.onion.

Check out stupidhackathon.org for more projects by various randos.

Holy Smokes! Hackathon for a Connected Smoke Detector

COMPETITION DETAILS Starting Tuesday, November 17, 2015 until Tuesday, November 24, you (and your friends if you want to build a team) will have an opportunity to build a wifi enabled smoke detector that will alert someone or something that smoke has been detected. Kickoff: 8PM Tuesday, Nov 17 at LVL1 Event Wrap-up & judging: […]

Science Hack Day Dublin 2015

Science Hack Day Dublin is a 36 hour hardware and software hackathon. A social event with creativity and love of science at its heart.  Each year it brings together coders, designers, scientists, engineers and makers simply to make interesting things. Why? For adventure, for playfulness, for science! The event takes place in UCD on the 14th & 15th November.

Here in TOG, we are proud to be supporting Science Hack Day again. Since it inception we have always found it to be the best community hackathon around.  It’s rare these days for big events to keep their community feel. Now entering its 4th year, and with an FAQ that just gets better each year, you have no reason not to go . The ideas for this years event have already started to pile in. They include lasers, can we say more ? pew pew. For tickets see eventbrite.

 

 

 

 

Hi ha hackathon

 

Als je op een hackersgerelateerde mailinglijst zit, heb je ze vast wel eens langs zien komen: de oproepen voor het meedoen aan hackathons. Haal je bullshit-bingokaart maar tevoorschijn, want de wervende kreten vliegen om je oren:
– creativiteit en innovatiekracht
– help create impact with open data
– extreme vorm van open innovatie
– een transparantere digitale wereld
– optimale broedplaats voor kansrijke ideeën
Zoals we weten zijn hackers dol op dat soort taalgebruik. Een typisch gesprekje tussen twee hackers klinkt immers zo:
“Yo, MegaHaxx0r. Nog lekker impact gecreerd vandaag?”
“Nou en of, 1337c0d3r. Ik heb weer extreem open geinnoveerd in een inspirerende, uitdagende omgeving.”
“Wat leven we toch in een kansrijke tijd vol innovatiekracht. De toekomst ziet er zo stralend uit dat ik een zonnebril nodig heb.”
“Als je tenminste ooit naar buiten zou gaan.”
(Beiden) “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.”
“Is er nog pizza?”

Er wordt altijd gezocht naar hackers, maar eigenlijk blijkt als je verder leest dat ze met name op zoek zijn naar programmeurs. Kennelijk bestaan er verder geen hackers: alle hackers werken immers met software.
In feite gaat het bijna altijd om een app. Want iedereen wil een app! En jij mag die app komen inkloppen, dus breng je vrienden mee! Je mag gratis komen meedoen, en er is pizza! Het is Leuk, want we noemen het een Event! En vaak kan de maker van de beste app (wie beoordeelt dat eigenlijk?) Iets Winnen!

Nou ja, je snapt wel hoe de vlag erbij hangt. Deze hele hausse doet me sterk denken aan de trend om een ‘wedstrijd’ uit te schrijven waarbij ZZP’ers met elkaar in competitie ‘mogen’ gaan: wie ontwerpt ons nieuwe logo, huisstijl, noem maar op. Het bedrijf dat de wedstrijd uitschrijft, mag gaan kiezen uit wel twintig opties, en hoeft er maar één te betalen. Hoera! Nou ja, niet voor de ontwerpers, want die werken waarschijnlijk gewoon voor niks.

Veel van de hackathons lijken op het eerste gezicht het maatschappelijk belang te dienen. Vaak gaat het om de zorg, het milieu of iets met energiebesparing. Maar kijk je verder, dan is de organiserende partij meestal een bedrijf. Waarom betalen die eigenlijk niet gewoon voor de software die ze willen laten ontwikkelen?

Veel te vaak is een hackathon vooral een verkapte manier om voor weinig geld een heel team bij elkaar te krijgen dat een dag, of soms nog langer, research&development wil doen in ruil voor pizza en kans op een prijs. Met hacken heeft het maar weinig te maken, met de volle breedte van het spectrum van activiteiten en vaardigheden die je in een hackerspace vindt nog veel minder. Eigenlijk is het tamelijk beledigend om te zien hoe weinig de organisatoren zich hebben verdiept in wat we nou echt allemaal doen, voordat ze aan onze deur komen kloppen.

Ik kan niet wachten tot de hackthon-hausse voorbij is. We bakken onze eigen pizza wel.
In de tussentijd zie ik nog wel een gouden randje: het is wellicht net iets prettiger om als hackersgemeenschap geassocieerd te worden met innovatiekracht dan met cybercriminaliteit.

Nottingslack Crapathon on Saturday, 4 July

In the fine tradition of Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon held in both New York and San Francisco, Nottingham Hackspace brings you the Nottingslack Crapathon!

Crapathon takes place on Saturday, 4th July.

CREATE… Problems that no one actually has!
DESIGN… Impossible solutions that can never be made!
INVENT… New machines and programs that break as soon as you look at them!
BUILD… Half-assed projects out of duct tape and string!

Why spend your weekend making something that could actually be profitable and helpful? Why volunteer for an underfunded charity, help out in your community, or even just clean your house? THERE’S CRAP TO BE MADE!

SCHEDULE:

Start at any time on the 4th of July! Go!

Noon: It officially starts! There is a spiel! You can use things! Go!

7pm: You’re done! Stop making stuff! Go eat food!

8pm: Awards! We have judges! You can win something!

9pm: Movies! It’s the 4th of July! It’s time for a good American movie! It may be National Treasure II! It may be Independence Day! Who knows?

Later on: GO HOME.

CHALLENGES:

The Nicholas Coppola Award for Cinematic Genius and Flair

Given to the best use of Nicholas Cage in your hack.

Win your own copy of Season of the Witch, starring Nicholas Cage! (Value approximately £1. DVD cannot be traded for cash equivalent.)

So what are you waiting for – START HACKING!

Beefhack Success

Last weekend saw Ireland’s first food focused hackathon, Beefhack. The event sponsored by ABP Food Group, was about coming up will solutions for the Irish beef industry. The a prize fund was over €22,500,  it drew people from all over the county to participate. Over 100 people on Friday evening came together to form 13 diverse teams to build all sorts of different projects.  At the end of the weekend, 11 projects were completed and demoed to the public.

Our own Jeffrey Roe was on a team called “Track n Trace”. Their project was developing a smart tracker that monitors and collects data of beef produce while in transit. The tracker provides real time data and shipment info ensuring that there is full traceability of the product from field to fork. For more information about the project you can view this slides or photos.

We are delighted to see team “Track n Trace” came second in the competition winning €5,000.  This TOG’s second success in a hackathon this month after the Smart City’s event. For more coverage of the event and to find out about the other winners you can read the Intel round up or Silicon Republic.

Global Urban Datafest – Smart Bins for Dublin!

Over the 7-8th March 2015, several members of Tog participated in and mentored at the Global Urban Datafest.

This was a globally synchronised hackathon with dozens of cities around the world hosting teams to solve urban problems with open-source hardware, software and data solutions.

Dublin saw many great teams participating — you can check out some of the projects here:

http://global.datafest.net/projects

The winning team was Bintel – retrofitting Dublin city’s street bins with sensors and wifi to help make our city smarter and safer.

One of the members of the team was from Tog, and the others are now big hackerspace fans – they are using our space to build more prototypes for their products.

See the project page here for more info.

Overall it was a great weekend, and the kind of environment Tog thrives at.

We are looking forward to host and participate at many more events like this in 2015!

 

 

 

Science Champion Medals

We were itching to give our laser cutter a good trial run, when our friends over at Science Hack Day Dublin need some medals created. We started off with their logo and reworked to make it more laser cutter friendly. Check out the results below.  If your interested in laser cutting drop by the space sometime.

 

For a bit of fun, we also made a large sign. Namit is very happy with his work.

Science Champion Medals

Check out the video below to see how they are made,

Hack Holyoke


Last Friday was the Hack Holyoke 24-hour embedded systems hackathon, held at Mt Holyoke College. Of the 200 participants, well over half were women from the Seven Sisters schools and many were attending their first hackathon.

Hack Holyoke
One of the distinguishing features of this hackathon was a 2am dance party! Every event should include one.

You can read @HackHolyoke twitter stream and read on for some photos of a few of the teams.


Hack Holyoke
Most of the teams were using the Arduino in some way. This team combined it with a Myo armband to create a virtual cornhole game. They had to learn about quaternions and rotating reference frames to get the physics right.

Hack Holyoke
This team from Olin College used the Spark Core to make an internet controllable RC-car. They modified the servos to be continuous rotation and were integrating the range finder when time was called.

Hack Holyoke
An important part of any hack is documenting it! This team is recording a demo video of their Myo-based compulsive motion recognizer.

Hack Holyoke
Another team from Olin College was amazingly organized and even had an agile scrum with a wall of post-it stories.

Hack Holyoke
On Saturday evening all of the teams presented their hacks to a panel of five judges. Prizes included an Oculus DK2, Myo arm bands, tablets and watches.

Hack Holyoke
One of the teams demos their Arduino based alarm clock with an i2c LCD display, LED wakeup lights and a really annoying buzzer.

Hack Holyoke
This team from UMass took first place with their automated selfie-camera. It used two servos and OpenCV to pan the camera to track faces, and a Myo arm-band to trigger the camera.

Hack Holyoke
The news crews were there — #1, #2 and #3.

Hack Holyoke
Eva Snyder and Katie Ho organized a great event! I was honored to spend the night helping to mentor so many great teams with their hacks and really impressed with what they accomplished over the twenty four hours of non-stop creating.

Hack Holyoke
It was also a nice chance to get out of the city and see the fall foliage from the Amtrak Vermonter line before winter really sets in.

Science Hack Day Dublin

Science Hack Day DublinScience Hack Day Dublin is a 36 hour hardware and software hackathon. A social event with creativity and love of science at its heart.  Each year it brings together coders, designers, scientists, engineers and makers simply to make interesting things. Why? For adventure, for playfulness, for science! This year the event moves to UCD on the 15th & 16th November.

Here in TOG, we have been looking forward to Science Hack Day since the last one ended. Over the past few months we have been stock piling cool hardware, boards and sensors just for two days of fun. We plan on moving most of our electronics lab to UCD to help people get making. Check out the photo to the right for some of the gear we will be bringing.

 

 

PS. We love helping out our Science Hack Day Dublin friends. We have been entrusted to make this year’s medals . Check out our prototype below.

Science Hack Day Dublin