How to run a hackday


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How to run a hackday

  1. 1. How to run a Hackday Richard Warburton
  2. 2. Topics● Why you should run a hackday● Whats involved in running one● Examples of Successful hackdays● Tips for being successful
  3. 3. Why run a hackday?● Simple way to get developers enthused● Good followup to talks/discussion● Developers are usually pretty hands-on
  4. 4. Whats Involved?● Pick a target● Find a space● Get some help● Do it!
  5. 5. LJC Examples● OpenJDK● Lambdas (JSR 335)● Date and Time (JSR 310)● Websockets/Json (JSR 353/356)● Lots of other JUGs participating as well!
  6. 6. Tip 1: Establish a goal● Educate/Inform● Send feedback to Spec Lead● Find Bugs● Fix Bugs● Talk to Spec Lead / EG about goals
  7. 7. Tip 2: Venue + Time● Advertise - use existing JUG Channels● Weekend ○ More time ○ Suitable when people need to explore● Weekday ○ Less Commitment ○ Requires focus
  8. 8. Tip 3: Communicate● Opening talk for attendees ○ Explain ○ Set Expectations● Get assistants to give help during the day● Talk to professionals ○ Follow OpenJDK guidelines for submitting patches ○ Contact the JSRs Expert Group ○ JSRs have open discussion mailing list
  9. 9. Tip 4: Expect a range of experiences● Not everyone is a strong developer● Some people just there to learn● Use assistants to support people● Dont assume prior knowledge● The wide range makes for more representative feedback
  10. 10. Tip 5: Consider Exercises● Can help focus a hackday● Recommended for < 3 hours● Failing unit tests that are made to pass● Not always the right choice
  11. 11. Summary● Get developers involved● Make sure people learn● Communicate findings back● Have fun!
  12. 12. Thanks for listening!● Wikis: ○ ○● Social Media: ○ #adoptajsr / #adoptopenjdk on freenode ○ @adoptajsr / @adoptopenjdk on twitter ○ Also on facebook● Me: ○ @richardwarburto ○
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