noun informal /ˈhakəθɒn/
An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
Dogsbody Technology love to attend hackathons, whether they be online or the middle of a field near Wales. In the past we have attended Over the Air, Hashcode and EMF camp with Mr Dogsbody attending ‘retro’ hackathons such as Campus Party, Hacked and many barcamp’s.
Hackathons take a lot of organisation, planning and of course sponsorship. Unfortunately, over the years the number of hackathon have depleted.
In 2018, at the request of our employees, Dogsbody Technology decided to introduce our own bimonthly Internal Hackathons to the Dogsbody calendar.
The Dogsbody Team take a Friday afternoon and evening break from their usual work schedule to work together on whatever exciting, ad hoc projects they want too – new technology, internal improvement or that code that just won’t work!
In true hackathon style there is Junk food (pizza, fried chicken, burgers you get the idea) and drink.
We may in the future do a longer more traditional hackathon somewhere but for now Dogsbody HQ with fast internet and all our home comfort gadget works for us.
Projects we’ve worked on so far include:
- 3D printing
- A Tea Bot which integrate with Slack
- Raspberry Pi wildlife camera
- Raspberry Pi clocking in/out system
- Getting data from our laptop into grafana (we do love a graph!)
Its a chance for our employees to play with the tech they want which may not come up in their day job and for us to add another great reason to work for Dogsbody Technology.
Don’t worry you will still see us attending events and hackathons when they arise 🙂