What a great day. The whole team working on different projects but of the same theme - the team work was fantastic (helped obviously by the numerous table football breaks and bountiful food!).
The projects that emerged from the day were:
- Fear the IOC - a bookmarklet to censor webpages of any term or image of which the IOC may take offence.
- Location-sensitive Chat Rooms - a service to allow users to gauge the buzz around a particular location, in this case Olympic venues.
- Json API for Olympic Data - Json API giving both historical medal data and 2012 schedule data in an easy to consume way.
- Web Visions - a node.js app taking streaming data from Twitter, 4Square and others and displaying location specific buzz.
And the winner was… the Json API, written by Alex with help from scrapers Paul and Toby. Awesome. Congratulations Alex.
We are now seeing how best to take these projects forward and make them demonstrable externally - we will keep you up to date!
For blow-by-blow of the day’s action, read on.
20:00 - So, after an super fun day of coding, pairing, sharing, scraping and eating, the team are ready to show and tell. We will eat and then display the results. But in short, a great day.
19:55 - Pizza here. Getting ready for demonstrations.
19:40 - Project 1. Code name Fear the IOC! Published on GitHub. Check out Mark’s handiwork at http://pebblecode.github.com/fear-the-IOC/
19:24 - Only 36 mins left of the hackday now until presentations, pizza and beer (well, we may have already had a couple of beers!). The demonstrations have started and the last few teams are frantically getting their day’s toil presentable. Screenshots and explanations of submissions coming soon.
15:57 - Just over 4 hours to go! Code getting written, committed and shared.
14:22 - More data scrapping from various sources. The geo-loc team making good progress, as is the social team. Data visualisation had hit a bump, but now back on track. IOC fear team already on the write up!
12:40 - Lunch has arrived.
12:30 - IOC fear bookmarklet preview on the Guardian website - ability to block out IOC trademark words or images:
12:20 - Massive tea round for Toby!
11:55 - Wow, raining outside!
11:35 - Looking at some very interesting data visualisations.
10:55 - Some images from the morning so far:
10:38 - Data feeds pouring in. Teams working well. Duke Ellington on the wireless! This is good fun!
09:30 - Break. Teams have been decided and discussions are flowing. The different teams are hitting the following topics:
- Data visualisation
- Locational / travel
- IOC fear!
Champagne and kudos for the people’s choice team.
09:00 - Ideas flowing.
08:32 - Team getting warmed up for the hard day ahead!
08:20 - Breakfast getting devoured. Ideas being discussed. Kick off is at 08:45. Excited.
07:49 - Office prepped. Food ready (courtesy of Al Desco). Early birds arriving.