The Bad Cohort Strikes Back


UPDATE 09/20/2014: Due to popular demand, I have restored this post to its former glory.

It’s a bit unfortunate that word on the street is that my cohort is apparently now known as the bad one, but so it goes when you have a couple overly demanding students that ruin things for everyone. I really do sympathize with Bitmaker Labs though; I guess some people couldn’t handle the fact that learning isn’t something that gets magically implanted into your brain but rather a process that takes more time than certain individuals were willing to give. It does suck a bit then that our cohort’s reputation was soured by just a few people when the majority were pretty great… but it’s also pretty sweet that our cohort has now started a winning streak when it comes to scooping hackathons (who’s the bad cohort now? BWAHAHAHA).

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Library Startup Weekend Review

Bj2fySRIMAEDotxSeveral weeks ago, I posted on what it was like to attend my very first hackathon as purely a spectator. Flash forward to last weekend and I finally got my first crack at participating myself. The general goal of the event was simple: create (or theoretically create–more on this later) some sort of application or plan that can substantially help the library. Mo and I put together an application called Sticky Bookmarks which essentially crowdsources particular scenes from books, allowing others users to jump to the best bits. Alas, the application, while finished, failed to swing the judges into seeing how we had revolutionized the way books are perceived (perhaps that’s somewhat overdramatic but still).

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e54fd8969c2f11e3b148122f255355e2_8I attended my first ever hackathon this weekend which was about as intense as one would think. Coming off a week with less than sufficient sleep probably didn’t help but the energy in the room was enough to keep me going throughout. Along with my fellow Bitmaker, Barbara, we interviewed some of the groups involved in the event who were getting down and dirty with their pet-projects. There were plenty of cool gadgets present, including Google Glass, Raspberry Pie, Kiwi wearables, and a whole lot more, but the project that ultimately stole the show was a group that decided to crowd-source driving a toy race car–basically, viewers at home can vote on directions to move the car and the highest vote would register (the movement could be seen through an iPhone that was strapped to the car itself). And yes, it’s about as insane as Pokemon Twitch.

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