Surprise (or no surprise) - I’m in Seattle for #MSBuild this week! I’m also delighted to be part of a small Microsoft-invited group called TAG (Technical Advisory Group), composed of folks from around the world with a strong open source tech background.
Our itineraries are packed, and I’ll be sharing some of the sights, insights and delights along the way.
In today’s itinerary, we’ve been treated to a round of shiny toys and tech-theatre.
Hackathons are awesome! They’re great fun, welcome lots of amazing people through their doors and are a hub of creativity and ingenuity. That said, the word is overused and I can’t help but rant slightly on the matter. The word ‘hackathon’ has been popularised and to quote one organiser ‘its sexy’. To me, most hackathons aren’t hackathons, but fall into a few broad categories.
Idea-a-thons Idea-athons are all about solving problems with the aim to pitch a working solution or ‘idea’.
I’ve been asked a lot about BuzzConf recently. There’s a lot of buzz, but what is it!
The brain child of two arguably insane chaps Rick and Ben, it’s a future technology festival complete with camping, hacking, workshops and robots. Nuts right!
Touted as the most incredible techno-social-marvel of 2015, BuzzConf combines the thought sharing and dangerous technological thinkers .
Yeah yeah ok, I’ll put my promoter hat down.