My company does hackathons twice a year, where people can work on pretty much anything they want to over the course of three workdays and a weekend. One of the company's founding members and the chief architect of Hackathon is a burner, so they are themed and fantastically Extra in all the best ways. I started a few days before Hackathon X (space), got invited to help in the late stages of decor planning for Hackathon 10 5/7ths (down the rabbit hole/enchanted forest) and was a part of the entire decor process and was part of the organizing committee for Hackathon 11 (rock and roll).
Which is a roundabout way of saying oh my god, the last week or two has been SO busy. Totally fantastic, but so busy.
-we turned the main breakroom/kitchen into a record store (Exfiltrated Records
, because appsec nerds like puns too), with bins, a small stage, band posters everywhere, a wall of t-shirts, and 45s and disco balls hanging from the ceiling.
-I set up an internet radio station where people could sign up for an hour block and upload playlists which would be streamed for everyone. Despite being at least 50% the programming equivalent of string and duct tape, it actually mostly works?
- A group of people set up a band-themed escape room (Escape the Green Room) as their hack which 1) is totally amazing and 2) my team has the best time for so far, despite only one of us having ever done an escape room before. We'll see how Monday's teams do...
-I rewrote the code for my favorite IRC bot, Random Word Hell, using Slack's python API. I'll share the repo once I've polished it up a bit.
-My big hack is doing more work on a new DW API, so that's my project for the weekend and Monday. We'll see how far I get with it.
Photos later, maybe? Right now I want to sleep forever.