On 18/08/11 21:05, Richard Farmbrough wrote:
I would be interested in a UK Hackathon, and there are
a fair number of
heavy-duty UK techies, I suppose the way forward would be a weekend
event, and the crux would be, primarily, suitable premises.
* Good wifi, plenty of mains outlets.
* Food and drink
* Presentation facilities
* Cheap accommodation
* Reasonably easy to get to (this is always a problem in the UK of course)
Perhaps the best way is to start small but scalable?
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Glad to hear your interested :)
I'm speaking with the most likely venue tomorrow, as their designated
person is in office Mondays and Fridays. The venue has Wifi, not sure
about mains outlets, but the lady from the venue said its used for
hackathon like events a fair bit, so they should have plenty.
Food and drink, I've been asking people, and generally from what I've
heard, snacks and lunch are provided by the organisers, and dinner
people go off with their new friends, or by themselves to get dinner and
Presentations - I've heard at past events they've not had the right
balance of presentations to coding/hacking, and that there were too
many. So I'm going to have to work that out, but after I've got the
venue and date confirmed (next week or two), then I'll put out a call
for speakers and see how many talks we want. Apparently the space is
small enough not to require microphones, but if any speaker specificly
wants to use one, let me know way in advance! Venue will be providing a
projector for us.
Getting there - this venue I'm looking at is a 6 minute walk (mostly
downhill slightly) from Brighton Station, cars are ok, as I think
there's a big car park nearby (a few roads away), but don't hold me to this!
Accommodation - I'm going to leave that up to people to arrange, I'll
put a few sites on the page when venue and date is up, but its not my
strong point, I live a 30 minute bus ride away, so its never been
something I've looked at, I know theres some (not so cheap?) hotels
along the seafront, but I'll go in and have a look for other things
if/when I go to checkout the venue in person. I know in past hackathons
people have arranged group offers for their attendees, but thats not
something I personally am going to be able to do, if someone is worried
about accommodation, poke me, and feel free to go scope out a cheap
place where we can book people into where needs be.
Any other questions, comments etc, they are all welcome!
-- Lewis Cawte