Space apps and other
hacks
Met Office Hackathons and what we’ve learnt from them
Michael Saunby. 6 September 2013
Stop me and ask questions
• Hackathons and hack-days
• International Space Apps challenge
• Hosting a hackathon – why and ...
Hackathons and hack-days
• A hackathon or hack-day “is an event in
which computer programmers and
others involved in softw...
International Space Apps
Challenge
• A well coordinated collection of
independent events with a carefully
selected challen...
International Space Apps
Challenge
“On 20-21 April 2013, over 9,000 people
around the world participated in one of the
gal...
Hosting a hackathon
• Remove “friction”. Default answer “yes”.
• Those parts of the building used for the
event should be ...
• Learn, and help others learn
• Enjoy, and help others enjoy
• Bring your laptop, etc.
• Don’t work alone – esp. if in a ...
Future events
The next two Met Office events are away from
home.
• Geohack – www.geohack.org Nottingham 16/17
September.
•...
Past events
Any questions?
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  1. 1. Space apps and other hacks Met Office Hackathons and what we’ve learnt from them Michael Saunby. 6 September 2013
  2. 2. Stop me and ask questions • Hackathons and hack-days • International Space Apps challenge • Hosting a hackathon – why and how • Attending a hackathon – who and why • Future events
  3. 3. Hackathons and hack-days • A hackathon or hack-day “is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects” - wikipedia • UK organisers typically use hackathon to mean a weekend event, often with prizes and hack-day to refer to a week- day event where coders and makers experiment.
  4. 4. International Space Apps Challenge • A well coordinated collection of independent events with a carefully selected challenges. • Uses the Random Hacks of Kindness model – experts identify challenges. Why does this matter? • No big prizes, lots of fun. • Less media attention than you’d think.
  5. 5. International Space Apps Challenge “On 20-21 April 2013, over 9,000 people around the world participated in one of the galaxy's largest mass collaborations ever - the International Space Apps Challenge.” http://spaceappschallenge.org/ The Met Office was the European lead event for 2012 and 2013. We are almost sure to host again in 2014, probably at two sites.
  6. 6. Hosting a hackathon • Remove “friction”. Default answer “yes”. • Those parts of the building used for the event should be available for the exclusive use of the participants. • Preparing for a hackathon can be done by mutual agreement and should not cause excessive disruption to normal work. • “Build it and they will come” – untrue • Use social media • Registration – Eventbrite
  7. 7. • Learn, and help others learn • Enjoy, and help others enjoy • Bring your laptop, etc. • Don’t work alone – esp. if in a team • (for organisers) – teams of 4 or 5 work best • Non coding skills matter – gathering info, writing, model making, story telling... Attending a hackathon
  8. 8. Future events The next two Met Office events are away from home. • Geohack – www.geohack.org Nottingham 16/17 September. • Climate Change and Fashion Hackathon. V&A, London. 21/22 September. For 2014. • Jan/Feb – Met Office. Theme TBD. • April 2014. International Space Apps Challenge. Probably Exeter and London.
  9. 9. Past events
  10. 10. Any questions?

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