Open Hack Day: no weapons please, except for your compiler

I’m at a lunch with Yahoo right now talking about next weekend’s Open Hack Day (next Friday and Saturday). This is a lot bigger deal than I expected. Yahoo is opening its corporate doors to any geek who wants to come and code. I wish I could go, but then I’m not really geeky enough (translation: I’ll be at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo. I’m not geeky enough cause I don’t use a compiler. If you do, you should come on down).

It’s free, open to everyone (but you’ll be happier if you like building Web stuff) and you’ll meet all the top coders at Yahoo and they’ll have lots of goodies and entertainment too. If you’re trying to figure out what Yahoo is doing with its various APIs this is a good place to come too.

Where did the “no weapons please” request come from? Well, Chad Dickerson just put a picture up of famous coder Eric S. Raymond who is holding a gun. Eric is welcome, but not with his gun.

This effort was built on top of earlier camps like FOO and BAR and if you build something cool you’ll have a chance to show it off at the end of the weekend and get your peers’ feedback. Maybe even earn yourself a job at Yahoo or get some PR for your work (Geek Entertainment TV will be there).

20 thoughts on “Open Hack Day: no weapons please, except for your compiler

  1. Constitutionalist: are you always a jerk?

    It was a request by the Yahoo folks. I thought it made a funny headline.

    It wasn’t any sort of editorial on my point. If I make a stance on gun control or anything else I’ll spell it out for you in no uncertain terms.

  2. Constitutionalist: are you always a jerk?

    It was a request by the Yahoo folks. I thought it made a funny headline.

    It wasn’t any sort of editorial on my point. If I make a stance on gun control or anything else I’ll spell it out for you in no uncertain terms.

  3. Yeah, Robert, you’re a little out of touch with geeks if you haven’t picked up on the geek-gun connection. I suggest stick to your strengths and leave constitutional fundamentalism and politics to the more adept.

  4. Yeah, Robert, you’re a little out of touch with geeks if you haven’t picked up on the geek-gun connection. I suggest stick to your strengths and leave constitutional fundamentalism and politics to the more adept.

  5. No one should make the mistake of assuming all gun nuts are like Mr. Raymond. Most of us are just crazy about guns and the right of self defense.
    And why ban guns from your meeting? What if someone jihads all over your geek fest?
    “Raymond could have saved us but we asked him not to bring a gun…”
    Firearms are just another thing that us mature, big boys geek out about.

  6. No one should make the mistake of assuming all gun nuts are like Mr. Raymond. Most of us are just crazy about guns and the right of self defense.
    And why ban guns from your meeting? What if someone jihads all over your geek fest?
    “Raymond could have saved us but we asked him not to bring a gun…”
    Firearms are just another thing that us mature, big boys geek out about.

  7. Well, it’s been long established you are not a geek. I mean, you completely fumbled what Ruby on Rails is. What programs can we point to that you actually contributed code to?

  8. Well, it’s been long established you are not a geek. I mean, you completely fumbled what Ruby on Rails is. What programs can we point to that you actually contributed code to?

  9. Just want to make clear that this event is open to the extent that anyone can let us know they’re interested in coming, but we are issuing actual invites via email and Upcoming.org to a select group of no more than 500 people who have said they are interested in attending via hackday.org or Upcoming, then we’re asking for RSVPs to help us manage the process (so we ask that people don’t just show up).

    We’d love to host everyone, but we’ve got limited space. . . but don’t worry, we’ll do this again sometime.

  10. Just want to make clear that this event is open to the extent that anyone can let us know they’re interested in coming, but we are issuing actual invites via email and Upcoming.org to a select group of no more than 500 people who have said they are interested in attending via hackday.org or Upcoming, then we’re asking for RSVPs to help us manage the process (so we ask that people don’t just show up).

    We’d love to host everyone, but we’ve got limited space. . . but don’t worry, we’ll do this again sometime.

  11. Some people get all non-linear about guns. It’s really pretty silly. On the other hand some of the most fun I have ever had at a geek gathering were some gatherings where the main activity was shooting and bringing a gun was all but required.

  12. Some people get all non-linear about guns. It’s really pretty silly. On the other hand some of the most fun I have ever had at a geek gathering were some gatherings where the main activity was shooting and bringing a gun was all but required.

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