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 Post subject: Hackathon and mobile workshop weekend in Milwaukee
PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:04 pm 

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This weekend the Random Hacks of Kindness global hackathon will be taking place in Milwaukee (as well as in 34 other cities around the globe!).

This event aims to bring together experts on real world social problems with hackers, designers, programmers, scientists and world-saving enthusiasts to build technology which solves these problems. The main focus will be on water and disaster management issues, but anything that helps make the world a better place is fair game!

Lunch, team building and the problem presentations will begin on Saturday at 12:30pm at Bucketworks (Milwaukee's original hackerspace). Hacking will commence at 2pm on Saturday and finish at 2pm on Sunday, 24 hours later. You are free to come and go as you please, there is no requirement to hack for 24 hours straight, but the space will be available to you if you choose to use it.

Meals will be provided through out! Prizes will be awarded to teams for best water solution, best disaster solution, best design and a sponsored challenge from WaterTech USA.

For more information and to register, please visit this URL:

http://www.rhok.org/event/milwaukee-wi-usa

On Saturday morning, there will be a mobile workshop held at Open MiKE (in the Grand Ave Mall) from 9:30am to 12:00pm. If you're interested in mobile strategy, development and design, please register here:

http://www.spreenklertalentlabs.org/made-at-mike/

To kick off the festivities for both events, there will be a pre-party at Open MiKE on Friday at 5:30pm, which will feature beer from Big Bay Brewing Company and a tasting from the Great Lakes Distillery.

Hope to see you there!

Best regards,
David.


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 Post subject: Re: Hackathon and mobile workshop weekend in Milwaukee
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:45 pm 

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All these hackathon events seem to cater towards software work, mostly because hardware usually isn't "I need it, run to store, I got it". Is it worth it for an okay programmer (mostly embedded languages) and decent hardware guy to show up hoping to join a team and help out?


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 Post subject: Re: Hackathon and mobile workshop weekend in Milwaukee
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:26 pm 

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Hardware hackers are absolutely welcome! The only thing is you'll have to bring all your own equipment, because we won't have hardware stuff to play with. I think a lot of cool things could be done with the Arduino or even less "intelligent" hardware.

One guy who said he's coming (but of course no guarantees) has a science background and wants to make some kind of chemical testing kit.

Even non-scientist, non-programmers, non-hardware engineers would have a lot to contribute! There is always work that needs to get done that doesn't require technical skill, just enthusiasm for the problem and motivation to do the work. :-)

Hope you decide to come!


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