On Saturday and Sunday 16th – 17th April 2016 the Second RGUHack Hackathon (RGUHack 2.0) took place with 51 participants coding for a 24 hour period starting at 13:00 on the Saturday afternoon.
Setup on the Saturday began a little before 08:00 to ensure the venue was ready to go for registration, kicking off at 10:00. The various challenges were presented at 11:00 followed by a spot of lunch. Then at 13:00 the main event kicked off with 24 hours of solid coding and problem solving.
One of the key ingredients of code generation is fuel, therefore at 18:00 a supply of around 45 pizzas from Dominos arrived to keep the coders going well into the night. Further refueling took place again around midnight with plenty of snacks in between until Breakfast around 07:00 – 08:00 on the Sunday morning. Then it was into the final stages of testing and debugging before getting ready to present the work.
Coding time eventually came to an end at 13:00 on Sunday and once again it was time to refuel in preparation for the presentations and prize giving. After that it was time to say farewell to the Coders/Hackers around 15:45, finishing up with some Group Photos. Then it was time to tidy up after the event, all this was done and dusted by around 17:00. Just a few little bits remained to be packed up and posted off to MLH, with the last person leaving the building at 17:45.
Its likely that over the next few days some more photos, videos and the like will be made available online. As a few people were involved in taking pictures during the event & we had 3 GoPros setup around the venue recording a time-lapse at 30 second intervals. I hope you enjoy the 2^7 pictures available below and via the flickr album (Online).
The photos below and (Online) via flickr, should give a good sense of what the event was like, starting with the final group photo and working back to the the very start and the display of the hardware devices available to explore. One can get a good sense of what last years Hackathon was like by taking a look at the following Blog post (Online).
A big word of thanks goes out to all the Sponsors – ThePropertyAngel, Codify, GraduateAI, QCode, Sie, Redgate, Brightree, MLH & the School of Computing Science and Digital Media. In particular ThePropetyAngel and Brightree whom had representatives present during the afternoon of Saturday and again on the Sunday to view the presentations at take part in the judging panel. Myself @dcdoolan, John Isaacs @wilefireone and Sean Sturley @TheBitShepherd were present from the School to help ensure the event could take place & help out the student team with the logistics of running the Hackathon on campus.
A big round of applause should certainly be paid to the team of half a dozen students who were instrumental in making this event a reality. Hopefully this annual Hackathon event will go from strength to strength. I’m sure we all can’t wait to see what RGUHack 3.0 will be like next year.