What makes programming at hackdays great fun?

Hackdays, events that bring many people from different backgrounds together to work on ideas, can be great fun for many reasons. But for computer programmers there is one particular reason it’s great fun.

Remember, the aim of the hack day is to explore an idea with other people, to see what is possible and hopefully kickstart the project into life after the hackday. You’ll probably end up building a prototype of the idea, to demonstrate how it works. The energy and ideas that are unearthed as people from different backgrounds work together is amazing.

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Flocklight: highlighting connections in a crowd

For Culture Hack Scotland this year I worked on an idea I came up with that week. I feel I didn’t really do the hack day properly; I ended up working on my own and not using any of the data. But the event was the perfect opportunity to test the idea.

Flocklight pulls all the twitter data for those attending or mentioning an event like a conference, and tries to highlight useful data about the connections between people. The aim is to provide you with information so you make the most of an event. For instance, are others you know going? Do you have something in common with a stranger there who you can go and chat to?

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