GDG held their DevFest Season 2016 and I was helping to facilitate the hackathon that they had. We tried to focus on some social good apps and the winner was one trying to map open burning areas with crowd soured reporting while the runner up had to do with image processing via a phone to recognise sign language gestures.
I also managed to squeak some time to pull off a hack of my own by mapping the Shell Petrol/Gas stations in Brunei
Steps detailed here
- Essentially based off an older project mapping mosques https://bruneigeekmeet.com/masjid/
- Hackathon dealt with just extracting the necessary data to put on a map
- Post hackathon worked on
- enabling a search based on facilities
- searching based on opening hours
- finding closest based on driving distance and time via Google’s Distance Matrix
- added images/icons for apps via http://www.favicomatic.com/ and manually added those for social media sharing
This was the talk I gave at GDG Brunei DevFest 2013 and I aimed for the content to be basic and accessible with a workable app, so that the attendees could use it as a starting off point for the hackathon, should they want to learn how to build an Android app.
I should have published the APK on the Play Store before the talk so that people could have downloaded the app and see what I was building as part of the talk
Source code: https://github.com/CornerGeeks/GDGBruneiDevFest2013/
It was the 9th and 10th of November that GDG Brunei DevFest took place and I was lucky enough to be physically there to help run the event and Hackathon. It was a fun, and as with all things tech, there were technical difficulties but you live and you learn.
We split the hackathon into 2 sections: 1 for competing and 1 for learning. I tried to take the OpenTechSchool approach by giving them some resources and being around if they had any questions. I have to say that I really did enjoy going from table to table to see what people were working on and interact with them.
The hackathon document we shared is available at http://gdg.com.bn/hackathon_doc and is a work in progress. Below is some feedback I have for the teams that participated in the hackathon and I myself do welcome any feedback on the way we ran the event and the document shared.
- A good consolidation of links, but need to work on focus and polish (be more than just a collection of links to the website)
- Feature complete (minus the demo fail, given benefit of doubt that it works) and solves their problem at hand
- Had good future expansion idea of using GCM for messaging
- Suggestion to possibly use 3rd party logins (e.g. Facebook / Twitter / OpenID) as seemed like yet another login mechanism
- Felt that the novelty and community aspects were lacking
Prograstinators : Foodish
- A good use of WordPress as the CMS
- Extra points from me for using the Raspberry Pi!
- Seems like a good business solution but felt community aspect was lacking
- Would suggest trying to use some responsive web design frameworks like Twitter Bootstrap / Zurb Foundation to make it usable for mobile
- I think I saw that if a user registered, they could see the entire user registration listing. Regular users shouldn’t see such information and that should only be shown to admins
- -Presentation tip: prefill the form fields before hand. Took quite a while to fill in the form, and with a 2 minute presentation limit, it just wastes time
Find me Food
- Good effort and hope you all learned how to build a web app. Keep at it and learn
- A nice native Android app look
- Liked the crowd sourcing nature to solve a problem which contributed to the novelty and community aspects
- Obviously wasn’t fully complete but the finish and design did look nice and seems to be on the right track
- Looking forward to seeing it on the Play Store
- Nice use of GPS location and extracting data from Google maps
- A good effort and the social good is there
If any of the participants would like to plug their own company / apps / on-goings, feel free to post a comment below. We also hope to have more events like this in the future, with a community aspect to it, so if you have ideas just throw them in and we’ll see what we can do! Hope to see you all at the next corner…