Hackday… struck by lightning

I may as well make the joke again – Hackday London has certainly gone with a bang. The antenna at Alexandra Palace was struck by lightning shortly after our talk finished, resulting in the fire safety system to automatically open the roof vents. Not ideal when its raining!

A couple of hours later and we are back in the hall. The slides from our presentation are now available (minus album covers, sorry) in PDF and HTML. This server also holds the various feeds and APIs from BBC Audio & Music interactive (for Hackday at least). You can find it at http://bbc-hackday.dyndns.org. Be sure to check out our music labeling game, code-named Moose 6 and let me know what you think, I’ll be talking more about it later.

Things to make and do at Hackday

I’ve put the finishing touches on our slides for our presentation tomorrow and am now starting to feel the nerves. The photos tagged with HackdayLondon on Flickr have reminded me of the last time I went to Alexandra Palace – about 15 years ago for a computer fair!

I’ve been reading posts from everyone joining us and its really exciting. If you’re coming, see you there!

Hack Day London

Tom has just announced the first Hack Day to be held in Europe. The event is a partnership between Yahoo! and BBC Backstage and will be held at Alexandra Palace over the weekend of June 16th and 17th.

The two day event will see hundreds of creatives, designers and developers come together and attempt to build some fun, cool and interesting stuff. To get everyone in the right mood for rapid prototyping, there will be a number of speaker sessions from Yahoo! and the BBC. Tristan and I will be presenting one of the sessions so you don’t need any more reason to sign up for a place! If that’s not enough for you, Tom has promised that there will be beer, pizza and a band. And all for free.

This is all really exciting. I’m proud to be a part of what is sure to be a fun and rewarding weekend! Hope to see you there.


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