IMG_4645 Dana Bauer, Developer and Community Advocate at Rackspace
Dana Bauer, Developer and Community Advocate at Rackspace, one of the organizers of the hackathon. She and another Rackspace employee helped us greatly with the registration glitches. At the end she encouraged people to give demos, or, lacking a demo, to stand up and speak about what they did, accomplished, or learned during the hackathon. Though Dana gave people Legos for speaking, very few people (including two from our team) came up to speak. Only one person (Kesten, see previous picture) gave a demo.
"Build Something Awesome with OpenStack and the Open Cloud" hackathon took place on September 14, 2013 at Capital Factory in Austin, TX, and was hosted / sponsored by Rackspace. The intent was to build some applications with OpenStack.
It was the first hackathon I attended, and I learned a couple of lessons from it. One, that apparently when you're dealing with OpenStack, "something awesome" can't be just any application. I still could not find out what qualified as "something awesome that could be built with OpenStack", but it could not be any old web application: OpenStack is not suitable for that. Read more about it in my blog post.
Second, it gave me an idea what could be the scope of an application that a team of several people could build in a day, and how much preparation is required. Read more about it in my other blog post on OpenStack hackathon.