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Innovating with hackdays

Innovating with hackdays



A quick introduction to using hack days as a means of innovating in a company and why it makes sense to take part as a developer.

A quick introduction to using hack days as a means of innovating in a company and why it makes sense to take part as a developer.



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    Innovating with hackdays Innovating with hackdays Presentation Transcript

    • Innovating withhackdays.Christian HeilmannITV Innovation Luncheon
    • What makes you happy?
    • What makes you happy?• Delivering something• Getting recognition for your work• Solving problems• Learning something new• Finding ways to improve things
    • This is hard in our day-to-day job! http://www.flickr.com/photos/goosmurf/3393799355/
    • This is hard in our day-to-day job! http://www.flickr.com/photos/twicepix/518133135/
    • Leaving our comfort zone.
    • Hackdays work!• Take 24 hours to build something new• Disregard all the protocols you have in delivery• Collaborate with people you haven’t worked with• Deliver a working prototype and explain what you want to achieve with it• Prepare a damn good 60 second pitch
    • Why take part?
    • Hackdays are for you! • Show off what you are interested in - no matter how geeky • Learn something new - is there a technology you always wanted to play with? • Get out of your shell - partner with people with complimentary skills and give a great pitch. • Release something on your terms and without waiting! • Show that if your manager is not breathing down your neck you can release awesome in no time
    • Scratch your own itch!
    • Hackday awesome can leak... • Write a tool to make a day-to-day process more efficient • Show that by using a certain tool or technology you can deliver something very quickly • Make the first step to learn that skill you always wanted to have but always pushed further out • Show that your department can innovate and deliver • Join a community outside the company
    • Hackdays are about delivery... • Don’t bother building the best thing ever • Concentrate on one thing and deliver a working prototype • Steal, borrow, cheat... whatever it takes, get the message across • Start something - make the code available • If the hack works only on your machine, also create a screencast (http://screenr.com rocks for that!)
    • Use whatever tool you need!
    • Tools to use... • Open technologies make it easy to build prototypes (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) • Use libraries (jQuery, Google Visualisation libraries, d3.js, rafael.js...) • Use APIs for data and conversion (programmableweb.com) • Find APIs to do time consuming jobs for you (vid.ly for video conversion, YQL for data mashing)
    • Re-use and connect solutions
    • Prepare your delivery...
    • Pitching hard and fast... • Show what your hack does • Explain the effect this has - why is it a cool hack? • Give ideas where this can go and how the company could benefit from it
    • After the hack day...
    • After the hack day... • Have your hack as a package for people to show around the company (screencast, screenshots, working code, 3 sentence pitch) • Keep hacking on it (freetime or ask your boss to get some extra time) • Demand follow-up from your company!
    • My turn!
    • http://developer.mozilla.org
    • Interactive video effects? https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/video-effects
    • Scene change detectionhttps://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/scene-change-detection-demo
    • Subtitling https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/add-track
    • Facial detection / analytics https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/facial-recognition-and-analytics-with-html5s-video
    • icanhaz.com/html5multimedia
    • icanhaz.com/johnhtml5
    • popcornjs.org
    • http://minnesota.publicradio.org/proto/hyperAudio/
    • popcornjs.org/butter
    • Universalsubtitles.org
    • icanhaz.com/audiosync
    • icanhaz.com/audioapi
    • mozillalabs.com/rainbow
    • /whois chris Chris Heilmann @codepo8 http://wait-till-i.com http://developer.mozilla.org #html5 - freenode.net #mozilla - mozilla.org