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Unofficially known as Berlin’s tech coworking space, co.up will be hosting a hackday on January 21st: Coworking Hack Day #2. After the success of the first CoHackDay in August of last year, Jellyweek seemed to be the perfect time to organize another event of the same nature. Hackdays exemplify the spirit of jellies - cooperation, teaching and being taught, and lending a hand or some brain power to bring someone else’s idea to fruition.
To date, lots of projects and ideas have been put forward. Some of the projects are centred around better utilizing the space and making it a nicer or more beautiful work place. A revamp - changing the layout of the desks to facilitate a more productive yet still informal environment - has been suggested, or the idea of installing a microcontroller with an acceleration sensor and radio transmitter to monitor the skylight windows (so that no-one else’s laptop gets soaked, like that one time..) Other space improvement ideas are the “Getting Things Done Corner,” or setting up a collection of everyday items often necessary to work that could be used and provided on an honor system (much like “take a penny, leave a penny” jars) by coworkers; for example chargers, USB or iPod cables, envelopes, pencils, etc. The “Coworking Disco” is another unique project idea merging beautification and information: LED lights, controlled remotely through DMX, could be used to signify lunchtime, the time of day (as an artificial sunset), or as a continuous integration notifier, while warming up the space and creating a nice ambiance.
Other projects have to do with our coworkers’ eternal love of caffeinated drinks and sweets. Mate, a highly revered tea/soft drink with the kick of a mule, is something one of our participants has been brewing for several events now, with great success. This time around he’ll be looking for the perfect winter mixture of this geek favorite, as well as Glühwein (otherwise known as mulled wine). A different project group will be leading a cupcake icing workshop, as well as trying to create the perfect website/interface for customer-dictated cupcake customization.
The rest of the ideas are personal projects, which will lay ground for collaboration and hopefully spark interest in those who may have been curious about something without having had the chance to try it out. Projects of this nature include programming a Sudoku application that can write and solve puzzles, and offers the opportunity for two players to go head to head in a timed match. The MacRuby UTF8 symbol application project is open to pair programming and for those who would like to learn a thing or two. The application will let users copy symbols to their clipboard, and will be submitted to the App store at the end of the day. Another project group is the “TV-B-Gone,” a infrared remote that turns off most televisions by broadcasting more than 100 different turn-off codes; we’ll be putting together two kits that use Arduino and some code.
Just like last time, there’ll be an abundance of good company and couches and video games will be available for anyone in need of a break. After a pizza dinner, we’ll have project demonstrations and end the evening with a few beers and Tetris matches. You can keep up with everything that’s going on by following the CoHackDay Twitter, checking out the wiki, and ESPECIALLY by coming over to join us! The event is free and open to absolutely everyone who would like to get involved. It’s never too late to submit a project!
We’re looking forward to having a full day of learning, experimenting, and being together. Here’s to a fun, productive, and inspiring Jellyweek for us all!