In the past couple of years, the Alfresco community has held two annual hack-a-thon styled events - one centralised event during the main, annual conference, and one distributed event with people collaborating virtually from all over the world. After the successful hack-a-thon during during BeeCon in Saragoza earlier this year, Alfresco and I are happy to announce that we will be having the Global Virtual Hack-a-thon on September 22.
About Global Virtual Hack-a-thons
The community around Alfresco is global, with members on all continents (except Antartica). Most members may not be able to attend a conference in North America and/or Europe, and participate in hack-a-thon events at a physical location. Global Virtual Hack-a-thons started in 2014 to provide an alternative that is more accessible and inclusive. Using a mix of common collaboration and communication tools, anyone can participate as long as they can make the time and have access to an internet connection.
Attendees of the hack-a-thon either work alone or in distributed teams on projects suggested by community members or Alfresco staff. The event uses a "follow the sun" principle to allow members from any timezone to attend and get a full day's worth of work done. Starting with far-east Asia / Australia, attendees typically join the event in the morning of their local time and work until they decide to leave for the weekend. Various Alfresco community staff, engineers and key community members will be present over the entire duration of the event to lend support, and help bring together new people with existing project teams. This year we are fortunate to have Alfresco Engineering planning to participate in the event with more people than ever before, including large parts of the Process Services and Application Development Framework teams.
Hack-a-thon projects typically range from the usual addon coding or experimentation ideas, to non-technical tasks such as updating tutorials or creating new content on community platforms such as this. The event is open to ideas from the entire Alfresco community - it does not matter if you work with Content Serivces, Process Services or the Application Development Framework.
An extensive set of ideas will be compiled by community members from the Order of the Bee and Alfresco staff in the upcoming weeks, but anyone is encouraged to contribute to the list of projects and teams for the Global Virtual Hack-a-thon 2017. You should also see a series of documents and/or blog posts on this platform detailing some of the project ideas that Alfresco Engineering will be preparing for this year's event. In order to make the most of it, we recommend you follow this space and project ideas, so you can find a project and prepare for the event well in advance of it.
Though the Global Virtual Hack-a-thon is intended as a decentralised event, it also presents a good opportunity to get together and socialize in person, especially in regions where there is a concentration of community members. As part of the inaugural Global Virtual Hack-a-thon 2014, members of the community and Alfresco staff organised "hacker rooms" in Brussels, Sydney, Maidenhead, Atlanta and San Mateo. Local communities that want to organise similar hacker rooms for this year's event may contact the Alfresco community team to discuss how Alfresco could support these local rooms, e.g. by helping with catering or simply providing some swag.