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Aaron Swartz Hackathon: ATX 2014

Aaron Swartz Hackathon: ATX 2014
24 hours: Saturday November 8th @ 12:00pm until Sunday November 9th @ 12:00pm
ATX Hackerspace: 9701 Dessau Rd, Suite 304, Austin, Texas 78754

Inspired by the work he did and the people he touched, we are organizing recurring hackathons at locations all over the world in memory of Aaron Swartz. The next set will be synchronized on the weekend of November 8-9, 2014. The event will bring together the varied communities that Aaron touched to figure out how the important problems of the world connect, and to share the load of working on those problems

Facebook event:

On Twitter, use Hash Tag: #aaronsw

How will it work?

In advance at each location, (at least) one presenter is chosen to "pitch" what they consider a vital project that's in need of starting, moving forward, or reimagining itself. This project should be eminently hackable at various skill levels, with the presenter or another volunteer ready to help with interested parties getting involved.

The event starts like a hybrid (un-)conference, with introductions and short presentations from people of various backgrounds and skillsets. The pre-announced presenter(s) do these presentations, and during the introductions people can offer or request talks and project pitches, which are added as time permits on the spot. Total time for all presentations should be ~1.5-2hrs. Presentations are recorded and immediately posted online (or streamed) for remote participants or people at other hackathons to see.

Then there's open time to work.

We will order food when we have everyone present, and figure out what people's dietary preferences are.

Finally, at the end of the event, there are 1.5-2hrs of demonstrations of results. Anyone can sign up with info about their project status to get a demo slot. Demos are also recorded and posted online, cross-referenced with individuals and projects.

Anything coming out of the event will be assumed to be open source (we suggest that videos and text be Creative Commons-licensed CC-By-SA, and code under the GPLv3, or any other OSI approved license)

Here's the list of suggested projects from the international community, last year

And here's what we did in Austin, last year
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