aaronsw Memorial Hackathon

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 11am – 11pm (planned) HacDC will be hosting one of many, self-organized, global hackathons to memorialize the late computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) (Wikipedia article)

Participants will be asked to advance solutions to issues that were near to Aaron’s heart.

Activities for the day will center on furthering work on his repositories, opening access to information belonging in the public domain, developing or contributing to countermeasures to Internet censorship, and exploring code-driven methods to enhance social justice through access to data.

Among the like-minded participating groups will figure HacDC’s resident Project Byzantium and the organizer and team from the District Commons project.

Those interested in participating should register via our MeetUp event.

Those wanting to arrive after 2pm should make note of our telephone number, 202-556-4225, to gain entry as the building will be locked. More location information on our homepage’s sidebar.

Participants are encouraged to bring food and drink and practice good neighborliness. There are a variety of carry out options available around Columbia Heights though some may suit individuals more than others. There may be a group purchase at some point(s) but nothing has been set as of this writing. We’ll update this post as needed.

Related: An event taking place on Capitol Hill, on Monday, 2/4/13, at 7pm, this event memorializes Aaron Swartz and seeks to raise awareness about the urgent changes that are needed in the CFAA. These changes are part of Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s draft “Aaron’s Law” (PDF here).

March 2012 Byzantium Sprint Reminder

This month we will be closing out as many issues on github as we can and writing up documentation. If you can write/edit or use a liveusb come by and we’ll put you to work testing fixes and or witing editing docs :)

As usual we start at 8pm on Friday at HacDC and we return the next day at noonish to commence the hardcore geekery.

Pizza Friday night. Get there before 8pm if you want to have a say in toppings :P

Learn to Code in 2012

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to finally learn how to program? If you did, or if you think you should’ve, Code Academy launched a free Javascript learning experience: Code Year.

Code Year is different from learning from a book. Each lesson requires you to write a bit of code, and you can’t move on to the next lesson until your code is correct. Hints are available if you get stuck, and if you get really stuck you can ask questions in the forums. It’s fast paced enough that you feel like you’re actually learning something, but there’s no so much work that you can’t get it done on the side of your full time job.

Each week, you’ll get an email reminding you to go through that week’s lesson. You can also join the , or even better, head to HacDC and work on the lessons at {S,Th}oftware Thursdays.

Byzantium Sprint Reminder

This is a reminder about the Byzantium Sprint happening this weekend. We are planning on doing livedistro work including coding and packaging and testing of software. We are meeting at the space on Friday at 8pm for more detailed planning. There will be pizza. We are planning on starting at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. If you have especially new and/or common hardware capable of connecting to an adhoc wifi network please feel free to bring it in on Saturday or Sunday afternoons and we’ll see if anything in the livedistro breaks :)