[Linux-aus] OpenAustralia Hackfest – "What are you up to next weekend?" edition

Tim Ansell mithro at mithis.com
Mon Sep 5 08:58:38 EST 2011

*tl;dr* - The OpenAustralia Foundation (Australia’s open data, open
government and civic hacking charity that uses
Ruby <https://github.com/openaustralia/openaustralia-parser>
is running a hackfest next weekend, sign up at


Come and join Henare, Tim and Matthew in their basement, er.. we mean Google
for an *awesome weekend of hacking*.

It’s all a bit last minute. What’s the worst that happens? Nobody turns up
and the three of us spend the weekend hacking. That’s okay too.

However, it would be much more *fun if you came too*!

We’ve got a couple of quick talks lined up to warm you up and give you some
inspiration, then a full weekend dedicated to hacking on everything
OpenAustralia. *Come along and learn, share and build interesting things* in
and around open data, open government and civic hacking.

Want to reboot OpenAustralia.org <http://www.openaustralia.org/> by fixing
the scraper? How about some finishing touches to Election
Leaflets<http://www.electionleaflets.org.au/>to monitor future
Australian elections? Or do you want to learn how to help
tens of thousands of people get
PlanningAlerts<http://www.planningalerts.org.au/>by writing a simple
scraper (anyone can do it!)?
*Then register here*:


This event will be hosted at Google
*the 10th and 11th of September*, here’s our plan for the weekend:

11:30 – Doors open
12:00 – Introduction and housekeeping
12:15 – The Gears That Power the Tubes of OpenAustralia – *Matthew Landauer*
12:30 – An Introduction to Guerrilla Data Liberation with ScraperWiki – *Henare
12:45 – Let the hacking begin
18:00 – We’ll order pizzas with anyone interested
22:00 – Doors close

11:30 – Doors open / Let the hacking begin
16:00 – Stop hacking, start presentations – show us what you’ve build, fixed
or learnt!
18:00 – Doors close, optional beers at the pub

Google are kindly supplying the venue, power and WiFi so all you need to do
is bring along your notebook, some snacks to keep you hacking through the
day and pizza money if you’re a hungry hacker come Saturday evening.

Sign up to the OpenAustralia Community mailing
list<http://groups.google.com/group/openaustralia-dev>if you have any
questionsand don’t forget to tag your
tweets <https://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23oahack>,
etc. #oahack


*Henare, Matthew and Tim
OpenAustralia Foundation volunteers*
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