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Cardiff NHS Hack Day 2015

This weekend I’ve been building a health data visualisation webapp at the Cardiff NHS hackathon! It was put together with Will Webberley, Martin Chorley, Glyn Mottershead, and a bunch of talented Cardiff Computational Journalism students!

DIY backup of Facebook photos

Photographs are memories. Before the web they’d be secured in protective PHOTOALBUMS and PHOTOCASES. They were mostly safe, the typical risks being damage to damp, fire, or other rare occurrences. Now my photos are on Facebook.

Motion tracking with the Parrot AR.Drone Quadrocopter

One of the toys that the Computing Club has to play with is an AR.Drone 1.0. This is a pre-built WiFi-enabled quadrocopter manufactured by Parrot. There are official iOS and Android applications for remotely controlling the quadrocopter.

2013 "Open Sauce" Hackathon Round-up

Last weekend’s “Open Sauce” Hackathon was a big success. In addition to the funding I mentioned in my previous post, GitHub also got in touch a day before the event to bolster each prize category with one-year bronze and silver accounts.

Open Sauce Hackathon 2013

Last year I attended the inaugural School of Computer Science & Informatics “Open Sauce” Hackathon as a participant. It was a hugely successful event, and good fun to work with Mark and Chris in building Motion Kitty Pi, a prototype Spotify home music streaming service for Raspberry Pi (with motion-triggered playback!

DigiSocial Hackathon – A hackathon for postgraduate researchers

I’m co-organising the “DigiSocial” hackathon – an exciting attempt to adapt the hackathon format to scientific research and bring together a number of Cardiff University schools, including Social Sciences and Computer Science & Informatics, to stimulate interdisciplinary research.

Box UK's "For the Social Good" Hackday and webapp "Gritly"

I spent last Sunday at Box UK’s “For the Social Good” hackathon. It was a very successful event and big thanks to Box UK for putting it on and providing a venue, food, and prizes.

Why Local Companies Should Sponsor Hackathons

Having attended and organised a few hackathons recently, I’ve been impressed by their ability to glue together the local tech community, university students, and local companies. Hackathons work best when they have some sponsorship behind them; this lends some status to the event and, of course, cash to incentivise participants with food and prizes.