We had our first hackpompey hack day on Saturday.
35 people turned out to the Innovation Space for a whole day learning, hacking and meeting new people.
We didn’t want it to be competitive and should be open to everyone. So we made it free and encouraged people to work on what they wanted.
Here’s a run down of some of what people were doing.
Solving a Rubik’s cube is pretty simple, a lot of people think you need to be a maths genius.
*click* *click* *click* *click* Nick Colley
Toby was messing about with Open CV and facial recognition.
Jason designed some logos for the Open Device Lab we’re starting up.
He went for a kind of ‘science lab’ vibe with a flask, and some other device bits and bobs.
Each watch controls one of the dots on the screen and they have to work together try and collide with each other.
Their code is on GitHub.
“It’s one of the only games that gets easier progressively as you go through the levels…” David Gauld
They came up with a heatmap for people on a global map.
Some of their work is on GitHub.
Arduinos are small electronics boards that let you do prototyping with electronics controlled by code.
They made some traffic light systems and even got a speaker playing Merry Christmas.
hackpompey Hack Site
Sean was messing about with web audio and some cool visuals with his camera.
He got people playing with a light painting program that captured white lights and faded them to create a cool effect.
When shining the light on objects (and people) it 'painted’ them into the scene!
Then he teamed up with Nick to make what will be next instrument something something.
His code is over on GitHub.
Using a camera hooked up to a Raspberry Pi we listened for snaps being sent to the 'hackpompey’ Snapchat account. We then took a photo from the camera and sent them back a snap.
You can find the code on GitHub.
Browser Capabilities PHP Project
James was working on some open-source code. Improving the Browser Capabilities PHP Project.
ROSY the Robot
Jorge and Simon were hacking on their retro robot ROSY. They stayed over after the hack to bring her back to life.
The robot came with a magazine, which included printed BASIC code that you’d use to get it function.
After cannibalizing another quadcopter, Todd, Richard and David ended up with a quadcopter controlled by their phone’s sensors.
The phones sensor data was sent to an Arduino which then interfaced with the quadcopter’s remote.
Show and Tell
If you want to see a terribly edited and shakey cam recording of the show and tell, I’ve put exactly that together.
We gave away a few goodies at the end: *drum roll*
- Tristan wasn’t so happy to receive a mythical Dragon fruit
- Yasmeen got a Amazon Giftcard to spend on important hack resources
- Ejinn bagged himself a Raspberry Pi B+ (…shh don’t tell him the A+ is out)
Thanks and what’s next
Thanks to everyone that came, it was really fun.
Finally shout out to Nicola and Mark from the council for coming along. We chatted about themes on the day and we think that’s a great idea so that’s why the next one will most likely be open data themed.
Bring on the next one!