We love a bit of hacking we do.

For the uninitiated, a hack day is an opportunity for lots of geeky people to get together and do something cool. The idea is that whatever you do is done in a day (or over a weekend you’re going in deep and doing a Hackathon), and may or may not have any purpose to yourself, your day  job or humanity in general.

The AppyLabbers first took part in a hack day run by the gorgeous beings at Hacksoton. It had everything our nerdy imaginations could conjure up; free beer, pizza, and about 17 drones buzzing around the room controlled by slightly psychotic looking bearded folk. Standard.

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It’s fair to say we had no idea what we were doing on the first day, and we (me) found it difficult not to over-organise the situation.

These people do take their fun seriously though, there’s even a Hack Day Manifesto for those who want to revise the rules fully before participating.

We got stuck in though and it’s a hacking is a habit we’ve now embraced fully in our mission to build interesting things.

A couple of weekends ago we headed off to Hacksoton again and this time we managed to really get to work with some ideas. The day was a fantastic treat for inquisitive kids as well, lots to see, do and experiment with from 3D printers to conductive Play Doh.
SO. COOL.

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I love the idea of immersing yourself in something interesting for a finite period of time. For me it’s an opportunity to leave distractions at the door, forget that anything else matters and focus on the epic new thing you’re creating.

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