In one week we’re going to try something new. A multi-disciplinary team is going to come together for one day and work together to build something that can be used by thousands of Londoners to make their lives just a little but easier, a little bit greener and hopefully a lot less stinky. Saturday September 25 is the hackathon.

Students, professional coders and citizens with a vision will work together to build an application that will let Londoners be more informed about the way they manage garbage and recycling. It’s a small first step to engage the innovative thinking of our community for the betterment of all.

And we’ll be doing it all in London’s first hackerspace the brand new unLab at UWO’s Convergence Centre – one of the coolest new buildings in London.

So what’s in it for you?

If you’re a student, you will be working side-by-side with London employers and community leaders to build something that will be there after you graduate.

Professional coders get to meet new people, try out new skills and get exposed to different methodologies. This event will allow you to exercise a whole different set of muscles.

Just a few things that we’ll be doing next weekend for the hackers:

  • pair programming
  • GitHub for collaborative coding and IRC for communication between teams and collaborators outside the unLab
  • using LAMP/WAMP/MAMP stacks – developer’s choice
  • using the CakePHP framework for rapid development
  • advanced JQUERY
  • leveraging BING/OpenStreetMap APIs
  • working in 2 hour sprints to accomplish tasks – a total of 4 sprints for the day
  • unit testing
  • mobile skin development for iPhone/Android/Blackberry

Designers and UI/UX specialists will get to work with some of London’s brightest minds and push the Web 2.0/3.0 envelope. We have to make recycling and garbage data sexy – not a small task.

Brainstormers will help think about the practical implications of the application design. How will the application be used by Londoners, where should we spend our efforts on the day of the hack and what makes sense to do later? How do we measure the success of the application? Some brainstormers will also help get the word out via blogs, Twitter, Facebook so we have a comprehensive record of the day.

The day has been broken up into sprints to allow people to come and go as their schedules permit. We already have an incredible lineup of talent for the day – join us and let’s build something together.

Questions? Comments? Please take a look at our wiki – we’d love to hear from you.

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