Holiday Hackathon 2011
The weekend before Christmas, the web elite descended upon the Richland Public Library for one purpose: to eat free food...and...make something new in 24 hours in the First Annual Doctype Society Holiday Hackathon.
Sponsored by &yet and Ethos Bakery, organized by DocType Society, it was a challenge to team up on Friday and demonstrate by Saturday a working prototype of a novel piece of software. We had about a dozen participants, some who drove hours, each of which enjoyed a fun and fast-paced day of discovery.
It was originated through the tangle web of social enabling known as DocType Society. When I started babbling about Hackathons on Twitter, Shenoa Lawrence, who would then go on to basically setup the whole affair, suggested I consult Travis Person about his experience participating in one down in California.
Utilizing Node server-side and some very pleasing SVG
in the front-end using Raphael, the Spokane team was able to make a combination vocabulary/speed-typing game they called "Work Attack". Two adversaries try to overwhelm each other with a barrage of unique words. Travis was able to host a demo of Word Attack on the web. Just go there, then copy and send the session link to a friend. Do not challenge Beau's unstoppable digits.
The day was immortalized in Shenoa's Flickr Stream, as well as the Meetup for the event. I am amazed by what everyone accomplished in such a short time, assured that everyone learned something, and so excited by the possiblities of keeping it going as an annual winter event here in the Tri-Cities. Thank you Travis & Shenoa for making it happen and everyone for making it great!