Category: BBC Mashed

No Crazy Ally Pally Hacking in 2009 – BBC Mashed Will Be Missed

I’m in two minds about the announcement on the BBC Backstage Blog that there won’t be a Mashed event in 2009. Part of me is upset – the Mashed event in 2008 (and the Yahoo/BBC Hackday the year before) was one of the highlights of the year for UK Developer circles – you put smart people in a room and great things happen. Put smart people in a room with their own DAB TV station and a red button service they can hack away with, and you get some gorgeous results. For those who weren’t coding, it was still a

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Why Wii Surfing Google Earth Is So Last Year

Boing Boing links to a German project using a Wii balance board to fly through Google Earth. Which is all very nice, but surely a better idea would be to build a great big open source flight simulator, with open API’s and a mission to go round the world in 24 hours?   …and it’s all because of the unique way the BBC is funded that such a project was organised at the last BBC Hackday.

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The Social Flight Sim Video

Courtesy of the London Hacking scene’s filmic auteurs Cristiano Betta and Mel Seckington, it’s the construction and discussion around the Social Flight Simulator from last month’s Mashed event at Alexandra Palace. Thank you very much Cristiano and Mel for the video (and everyone else involved). Social Flight Sim from Cristiano Betta on Vimeo. Now, how can we get a cheque from BBC Three to do a pilot series of “Ewan’s Mad Ideas” and involved as many Web 2.0 people and different skills as possible? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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[Mashed] Introducing The Social Flight Simulator

It’s time to let you all know what I (and others) have been spending the last week or two planning for our BBC Mashed hack. There have been a few hints out on the web already, but the biggest one was in Matthew Cashmore’s [Mashed organiser on BBC Backstage] interview on NetMag: In fact a bunch of developers are building a flight simulator to bring along that they intend to fly around the world in Google Earth, making all their data available as they go. You’ll have everything you’d get from a real plane, right there inside Ally Pally! If

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