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The Jitter hackathon has just been officially kicked off at the Copernicus Science Centre. The atmosphere inside is warming up for a day full of hacking, talks, and networking.

Workshops will be running all day and the freestyle hackathon should generate some great results. We’ll have more posts throughout the day highlighting the sessions.

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We are keeping the best announcements for the very last day. As you are probably aware, we had to increase the number of places for hackathon, because we had so much interest and we closed registration for hackathon just before New Year.

This means that the hackathon was interesting on its own. But imagine what could have happened if we told before that we have prizes! Well, we actually do - and together with the prizes we want to announce some new sponsors too.

The prizes are only in the freestyle hackathon part - there are no separate prizes for workshops (with one exception).

The main prize

The best project using Estimote beacons

  • Estimote dev kits - funded by Estimote of course

The best project using Amazon API

  • We have 3 Kindle Fires funded by our not-yet-announced hackathon sponsor - Amazon.

The best UX

  • We have 3 UxPin licences for the project that will show the best User eXperience ideas.

Fastest arduino robot

There is one exception to the rule about the freestyle-only prizes. There will be prizes for the Arduino workshop. At the workshop you will be able to build robots and compete for the best result (for now the goal is secret). And you will have a chance to win Arduino based robots! Exactly how many robots will depend on the size of winning teams.

So we are announcing not only the prizes this time, but we also warmly welcome Amazon, and UxPin amongst our sponsors. We are proud to have such sponsors. We also welcome Wikia - who will also become the hackathon sponsor on top of being Gold sponsor for the conference.

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The Jitter Hackathon is just around the corner so it’s high time to give you the info about the logistics of the event.

Ticket and registration

Similarly as described in the conference post - you do not need any printed form of the ticket but you will need a photo ID with you to get in the venue. You will get your own personal code before the conference to be used throughout the event (hint! there will be a cool networking game during the event) so keep that future email handy on your phone.

Things you should bring with you

Please remember that its BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) event. We will follow up with a detailed email regarding any required software. Also, we would appreciate it if you could bring your own power strip. Additionally, there will be some extra hardware that you will be able to use during freestyle hackathon - details of this will be given closer to the date.

Code of Conduct

Because of a few, bad experiences we’ve had at other conferences, we do expect you all to follow the conference’s and jitter’s Code of Conduct. We are not bureaucrats, so it’s not long or overly complicated. In short, please be mindful about others at the event. Our staff is prepared to help and react in the event of any problems connected with violations of the code of conduct.

Time

The Jitter Hackathon is on Friday, January 10th. We start the day with registration at 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay in the Copernicus Science Centre till around 22:00 p.m. The sessions start at 10:00 am.

Venue

The venue is the Copernicus Science Centre at 20 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street - one of the most advanced interactive science centres in Europe, housed in a stunning building on the banks of the Vistula River. The Centre is well equipped with all the amenities needed and fully accessible. We will spend the whole day there including lunch. As everyone who attends the hackathon is also registered for the conference, the official after-party is planned for Saturday night in the Cinema. You can read more about it here. The Hackathon will take place in a space that will be arranged to accommodate the workshop and freestyle hackathon in a way that will allow each part to function individually while still keeping every part of the same event.

Hotels

There are a number of choices for hotels. We can hardly recommend something without knowing what your personal preferences are, but feel free to explore this list.

How to get to Copernicus Science Centre

The best way to get to the Centre is by public transportation or taxi.

Public transportation: You can find the fastest route to the cinema from anywhere in the city easily by using the Jak Dojade service (they also have great mobile apps). Apart from kiosks and small shops, you can buy tickets at automated ticket machines or sometimes in buses or trams. Regular public transport runs till around 11:30 p.m., but there is also a network of night buses afterwards.

Taxi: Taxis are quite affordable during the day - you should be able to get to Kino for less than 50 PLN from pretty much anywhere in Warsaw. After 10:00 p.m. they become more expensive. There are two services - iTaxi and myTaxi which have mobile apps and are very good. You do not need to speak Polish to order taxis using those apps.

Cars: Similarly as in case of the conference - we discourage getting to the venue by car, though it’s a bit more car-friendly than Kino Praha the next day. However, the hackathon is on a working day and so the parking spaces next to the Copernicus Science Centre will all be metered. More information can be found at the Centre’s “how to get there” page.

Warsaw

You can read some more info in an earlier post - follow from there to find out more about the city and attractions.

The Main Event

Registration starts at 9.00 a.m with the official opening of the hackathon at 10:00 a.m., the closing will be at 10:00 p.m.

Here you can find the detailed agenda for the hackathon. Details such as the summaries of the different hackathon workshops can be found here. Be sure to give the pages a look, there is a lot of info there.

There will be six workshops covering six specific topics. The six workshops will be repeated 3 times each in order to give everyone a chance to hit the one they want. The only exception is Estimote which will have two workshops - one iOS and one Android. The third time will be “freestyle” so you will be able to ask your questions and get help - pretty similar to the general freestyle part.

In order to make sure everyone has a chance to get a spot at the workshops we prepared a registration web application. On Wednesday, we will email you a link to the workshop registration page. You are strongly advised to build your schedule there because during registration you will receive 3 stickers that will give you priority access to the workshops which you have registered. Those who do not pre-register for spaces will be able to attend the workshops when there are free spots left. There is enough room at all the workshops but we hope this will eliminate specific sessions becoming overwhelmed individually. Help us out with this by signing up on Wednesday.

The seventh area is the space for the freestyle hackathon. It will be open the entire time so if you came to build your own idea and you already have your team, you can spend the whole day building your stuff. There will be some extra toys available that you will be able to use for your hacking, you are also free to bring your own favourite tools and hardware to play with.

Food and Drinks

Lunch will be provided for you in the cafeteria from 1:30 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. Free snacks, water, tea, and coffee will be available, but if you want something more substantial we will have access to the cafeteria where you can buy extra food. There will also be food and drinks provided in the eventing.

Hashtags

Last, but not least - please use #mceconf (conference) and #mcejitter (the hackathon) from now on to share anything in social media.

See you all at the Copernicus Science Centre at 9:00 a.m. Friday the 10th.

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The New Year has already brought some great news!

Mobile Central Europe is proud to announce not only our partnership with the Copernicus Science Centre but is also really excited that this amazing venue will be the location of the Jitter Hackathon.

Copernicus Science Centre

The Copernicus Science Centre is one of the most advanced interactive science centres in Europe and is housed in a stunning building on the banks of the Vistula River. MCE is overjoyed that the hackathon will take place here as the Copernicus Science Centre focuses on engagement and discovery of the world around us.

What is more, the team from Aldebaran Robotics will have a special exhibition at the Centre the day after MCE, Sunday 12th. The Robotics Lab of the Science Centre will feature a showcase of robots from Aldebaran. The Synapsis Foundation will also be present to talk about the use of NAO robots for helping with the rehabilitation of autistic children and will conduct workshop to show visitors how autistic people see the world around them.

Everyone, including regular visitors, will have the chance to check out the exhibition and see the robots in action.

We can’t wait to see the venue in action! Since we’ve already sold out of spots for the Jitter Hackathon, it looks like this will be an event well worth attending.

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Hey Everyone,

We will be posting regular updates regarding the hackathon as new information is necessary. For now, we’ll give you a quick overview of the hackathon and what you should expect.

First, the venue for the hackathon will take place in pretty much central location in Warsaw. We do not want to disclose it yet, because there will be another announcement connected with it. We are super excited about the location and cannot wait for you all to see it.

The hackathon will start at 10:00 and end at 21:00. Details like times and summaries of the different hackathon events can be found here. Be sure to give the pages a look, there is a lot of info there.

To explain the hackathon itself, here is how it will look: There will be six workshops covering six specific topics. The six workshops will be repeated 3 times each in order to give everyone a chance to hit the one they want.

There is also the 7th freestyle hacking area which will be open the entire time.

Check out a workshop, come up with a great idea and take it to the freestyle hack to explore it in more detail. Feel free to pick and choose which workshops you will gain the most from for your freestyle hack. Each workshop has a description of the talk, what you should expect, what you might need to bring (yes, you can leave your 3D printer at home. we’ve got those covered), and what tech specific mentors will be at the workshop. Throughout the hackathon there will be ‘Meta’ mentors available. Not assigned to any particular workshop, these mostly UX/UI mentors are there to help you as you need. Just a note, they’ll be most helpful in workshops #1 through #4.

Finally, if you have not signed up yet - HURRY UP!!! There are only a few tickets left for the hackathon. We will be closing the hackathon registration before the main registration ends.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the Jitter Hackathon or the event in general, get in touch with us at [email protected] If you have questions regarding particular workshops, you can find contact emails for each of the workshops in their descriptions.

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We welcome Dave Wiskus as our latest speaker! Dave is interaction designer and if you’ve ever seriously thought about interaction and design for mobile apps - you must have read one of Dave’s blogs, articles, books or watch his video or attend his presentation. Now we will have an opportunity to see and listen to Dave in Warsaw!

Dave is the last speaker announced before we closed “call for speakers” phase. We already confirmed 10 speakers and we have more than 30 submissions now. The coming week we are selecting the last 8 speakers - we will do our announcements gradually next week as we do so. In the meantime, we are already opening registration tomorrow. Remember: you need to register early if you want also to attend the Jitter hackathon.

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Can we hack it? Yes we - or rather YOU can! Please don’t blame us for misquoting or ripping off Bob the builder’s famous rallying call but we couldn’t think of a better one.

Mobile is more than just software, mobile is also of course about HARDWARE and mobile together! And to reflect this we’re putting together a special hackathon aimed at letting you run riot with some of the latest gadgets and components on the market. The hackathon will be run a day before the conference - Friday, 10th of January.

We’ve partnered with the good people at the Warsaw Hackerspace and Geek Girls Carrots to provide the resources and expertise needed for anyone to get their hands dirty by building something hypercool. What’s even better - both: speakers and participants will hack together as teams! So you will get to networking part even before the conference starts.

Maybe you want a to build an AR Drone waiter? Or perhaps a component for Fridge that warns when your beer is running low? Either way the hackathon is split into two competitions:

  • Sort of NoobTube : as the name suggests this is aimed at those with either some experience in hardware or those who’d happily pay call for a technician to come out to program their VCR (?! remember those?). Here you’ll be given more guidance / pointers and technical TLC by our budding experts who are on hand to give as much or little support as needed. If you ask nicely, they may even fetch you beer.

  • Bond-Villain : We’ve been expecting you! We want your to show us how your evil genius can manifest itself into the realm of hardware. The best idea will win the prize and you’ll also get the chance to bore us… sorry i mean demo the idea at the after party!

There’ll be countless hardware & Bluetooth LE experts on hand, plus food and drink - it’s going to be awesome… I can already smell the toil and sweat - oh wait I think that’s my shirt.

We have only 100 places for hackathon. As soon as registration opens on 21st of October, be quick - register and select “hackathon”. There will be a small price tag connected with attending the hackathon, but we are sure it’s worth it!