It's time to share more about this year's new Hackathon. First off, Zend has been kind enough to sponsor the room, food and drinks for the event. In their honor, the event is called “The Zend PHP Hero Hackathon”. We’ll also have members of the local AmsterdamPHP group helping out throughout the evening.
Below you’ll find the rules for the Hackathon but there’s one important thing to do first. We have a limited amount of food and drink, so if you plan to participate then please register here first! This helps us plan ahead and ensures you don’t go hungry.
So, how does this work? Well, it's pretty simple:
There are no restrictions on what tools, libraries or frameworks you can use.
We'll kickoff the Hackathon at 5:30 PM on Thursday after the tutorials end. If you're attending the Symfony2 exam at the same time, don't worry: we'll save your food and help you get back into the action when you finish the exam.
We'll start with Matthew Weier O'Phinney presenting an example project and giving an overview of the evening. Zend is also offering free hosting on DevCloud for any projects that need it and Boaz Ziniman will give a demonstration of how it works.
After that, the attendees will take the stage! If you've got an idea that you'd like to assemble a team for, we'll give you a timeboxed slot on stage to pitch the audience. Try to convince other developers to code with you. Once all the pitches are complete, you can sign up for a team and start coding!
We'll hack away Thursday night until 10:00 PM (or until the venue kicks us out) but you can keep coding through the conference. Zend will have a support table open throughout the conference where they can help you with tough issues or integrating DevCloud with your project.
Your project must be online no later than 1:00 PM Saturday. Please mail the final submission to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the project’s URL and the Github/BitBuckt/etc repo.
Our judges will award prizes to different categories and all winners will be announced on stage at the closing ceremony. Teams are awarded extra points for following along with this year’s theme of REST APIs and Mobile applications. You can see the full scoring sheet for more details.
If you’re interested in the latest hackathon news, you can follow the new @dpc_hackathon Twitter account for all the latest. We’d love to hear about what you’d like to pitch or build at the hackathon, so tweet your ideas to us and we’ll share them upfront.
Of course, the most important rule: have fun! This is our first hackathon at DPC and we’re excited to see people already signing up. If you’ve got an idea or want to spend an evening coding with friends or just want to get into the conference spirit, then go ahead and register while spots are remaining.