Category: Hackday London

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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Hackday London: The Story of Beagle 3, pt 2

…continuing from part one… Dawn, and people are either groggy from being up all night, groggy from getting a few hours kip on some beanbags or sofas that were too small, or groggy because it’s the sort of condition you’re in at an event like this after 24 hours no matter what you’ve been up to. It was also time for Gervase and myself to take stock of the Beagle 3 project (Greg, due to circumstances, couldn’t make it back to Alexandra Palace for Sunday). While we had the plans to make something that we think could work, with the

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Hackday London: The Story of Beagle 3, pt 1

So the second Yahoo! Hackday was last weekend, held in conjunction with the BBC Backstage team. Having recieved an invite from the ever bashful Tom Coates early in May, I was looking forward to this in a sort of madcap “good to physically meet up” with the UK Web 2.0 developer crowd. The venue, Alexandra Palace (the ultimate Web 0.2 hack thanks to the early television broadcasts) was perfectly suited, and provided a huge amount of space for planning, tables, flip-charts, beanbags, coffee, projectors, and the 101 other things an event like this needs. Going to the event, I honestly

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Back from HackDay London (Brief Update)

Ye,s finally back home from a wonderful weekend event, namely HackDay London. I shall write up more tomorrow, after I’ve had some more sleep – a number of meetings in London to co-ordinate some Edinburgh Fringe acts and a few other projects took up my time in the city – but just a quick link here to the Beagle 3 presentation (on YouTube or as an MP4). A big thank you to both Greg McCarroll and Gervase Markham for helping a crazy idea gain enough altitude to win “Best Hack of the Rules.” More on my thoughts, the events, and

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Getting To London and Yahoo! Hackday

I sat down over the weekend to book travel down to London for the Yahoo Hackday (yes I know, so much for booking in advance, but hey seven days is in advance, isn’t it?). What surprised me is just how expensive the train as a travel option inside the UK has become. Yes if you book six months in advance, on a specific train, you might get a £12 Edinburgh to London single, but the current times, options and ticket types, over both GNER and Virgin, makes understanding mobile phone tarrifs a walk in the park. So I’m flying. After

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I Have No Idea What I’ll Be Doing at Hackday London on June 16-17

A big heads up, and a little bit of head-scratching from me now. Tom Coates (if you look up “jolly nice chap” in the Oxford English Dictionary I’m sure you’d see his picture) let me know that I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to the upcoming Yahoo Hack-Day The aim of the event is to hack/build stuff together. I’ve heard the phrase “a MacGyver Convention” and that’s probably the closest that a one-line pop-culture reference could get to the truth. There’ll be soldering irons and tech and lights going ping all around the halls of Alexandra Palace, along with

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