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Hack Day London displeases God

Hack Day London displeases God

Hack Day London was held in the massive Alexandra Palace, but was almost spoiled by storms.

Hack Day London must have done something to displease the Gods (perhaps featuring a church in a videogame?) recently as the whole event was almost spoiled by rain on Saturday, despite being indoors.

Apparently the event, which took place inside Alexandra Palace in London, was disrupted during a storm when lightning came down and fried the controls for the skylights, opening them all in the process and letting the downpour in.

Geeks aren't that easily discouraged though and hundreds of programmers resorted to whiteboards and actual communication in order to continue work, all the while holding umbrellas over their laptops.

Having also lost the WiFi connection, attendees of the two-night event created a local network and set their efforts towards building 'web mashups' on a smaller scale.

Hack Day London, hosted by the BBC and Yahoo! is similar to the Developer Day hosted by Google, which tries to bring together like-minded developers for some fun and social networking. Hack Day London drew over 500 attendees, much more than the Oxford Geek Night or London 2.0.

"This is easily the largest developer event in the city," BBC representatives told Wired.com. "It's really happening, it's a great social scene, bunches of dedicated guys get together."

Did you attend Hack Day, or have you attended something similar in the past? Trade tales, swap stories and just generally let us know about your experiences in the forums.

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DougEdey 20th June 2007, 15:11 Quote
I didn't hear anything about this. Any reason why?
BioSniper 20th June 2007, 15:17 Quote
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the whole event was almost spoiled by ran on Saturday

Who ran? I didn't think exercise could break a hacking event :p
Jamie 20th June 2007, 15:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
Who ran? I didn't think exercise could break a hacking event :p
:)
Spacecowboy92 20th June 2007, 17:52 Quote
Quite funny actualy. Sounded like they still had some fun.
Hugo.B 20th June 2007, 18:51 Quote
Conspiracy theory number 1: some geek with evil tendencies yelled mwuahaha
as he flicked the switch...

Not. I fully believe it was caused by lightening, after taking damage myself.


H.B.
C-Sniper 20th June 2007, 19:36 Quote
so what i take it GOD knows how to hack electrical systems? quite funny IMHO
cpemma 20th June 2007, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Isaac Asimov
The most practical and dramatic victory of science over religion occurred in the 17th Century, when churches began to put up lightning conductors.
Spacecowboy92 20th June 2007, 20:51 Quote
Great quote cpemma
TomH 20th June 2007, 21:38 Quote
Aside the short-comings of the weather, my colleague described the event as being more like 'Mac-Day'.

When the lights went off, all you could see was a sea of Mac logos across the hall.. They're taking over
sgr55 20th June 2007, 21:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tom Hill
Aside the short-comings of the weather, my colleague described the event as being more like 'Mac-Day'.

When the lights went off, all you could see was a sea of Mac logos across the hall.. They're taking over


and this is a bad thing :) (they really need an evil laugh smile :/)

back on topic: Yeh, really need another evil laugh smile..... Sounds like they had fun!
SNIPERMikeUK 20th June 2007, 22:45 Quote
FEEL MY WRATH!!! lol....
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