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Hackagong 2014: November 29-30 @ UOW

October 2, 2014

Hackagong is back again for 2014! Bigger, better and with more awesomeness!

Hackagong 2014 will be held on November 29-30, 2014 at the uniCentre, University of Wollongong.

Last year’s weekend hackathon event attracted over 100 people competing across various categories for over $32,000 in prizes. We even had Australia’s first 3D printing competition.

Our team of volunteers (over 20!) have been hard at work planning for a very awesome, and very epic Hackagong 2014. We’re expecting 120-150 competitors with various prize category competitions including 3D printing, Big Data, data visualisation, indie game development, cryptocurrencies and some cool hardware such as the Oculus Rift and Meta glasses.

We are currently seeking sponsors to help us cover costs and provide prizes! Please contact sponsor@hackagong.com for more information.

Keep an eye on this blog and the social channels for further news and updates: Facebook and Twitter.

Start forming teams and thinking of what you can build at Hackagong 2014…

HackagongX Code / Build Apps for UOW Students

September 27, 2013

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Hackagong is back!

Following on from the awesomeness of Hackagong 2013, we bring you HackagongX. A new initiative, run entirely by the Hackagong Student Club including members from the local community.

The idea is quite similar to your usual Hackagong, but with a twist! HackagongX will be focused on a particular theme per event.

The inaugural event will be called HackagongX [Code], with a theme of building useful apps and tools for UOW Students (website, mobile website or native app). There will be some available UOW data on the weekend to utilise.

As usual; big prizes, big ideas and a level of true geekiness to match.

Your ticket price is inclusive of all food, entry and access to a 1Gbps net connection. All you need to bring is your laptop and your next big idea!

Get in quick, tickets are limited! Buy them here: https://hackxcode13.eventbrite.com.au/

Prizes:
$10,000 in prizes thanks to the awesome folks at Amazon AWS!

Where:
Building 24, University of Wollongong

Schedule:
Saturday, 28 Sep 2013: 10am – 9pm (no overnight, go home and sleep)
Sunday, 29 Sep 2013: 10am – 6pm

Questions? Contact mark@hackagong.com or tim@hackagong.com

Team Physics / Hackagong 2013

September 26, 2013

Team name
Team Physics

Team members
Matt Sanderson, Luke Weynen, Matt Griffiths, Jackson Cunningham

How did the team meet?
All of team members are physicists, with Luke and Matt Griffiths studying at UoW, and Matt Sanderson and Jackson recently graduated from UoW.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We made an open-source, handheld gaming device, which we have called Pi.Py. The hardware consists of a modified Raspberry Pi connected to a 3.5” screen. This was all placed into a case created using the 3D printers available at Hackagong. We also wrote some software to interact with the games, and a version of pong based around special relativity.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
All of the team members are gamers, so we designed a product that we would consider buying. We also wanted to create something that could show off our wide range of skills, such as electronics, design, and coding.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was intense, almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and after 30 hours we were exhausted. But at the end of the day, the sense of achievement you get from creating a prototype in 30 hours can’t be beaten. All the other teams at Hackagong were amazing, and it was great to see so many fantastic ideas in one place.

What’s next for your product development?
We still have a few bugs to iron out, both in the code and hardware. It would also be nice to reprint the case, now that we have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of 3D printing.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
It would be great if the device could be made cheap enough to be a viable contender in the marketplace. But if not, it would be great just to refine the design and get it out there so that other hackers can make their own and modify it in ways we can’t even imagine. The idea that anyone with the plans could print out their own handheld gaming device is quite exciting.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Investors are always welcome!

 

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Team UOW FSAE / Hackagong 2013

September 22, 2013

Team name
UOW FSAE

Team members
Samiyeul Habib

How did the team meet?
Part of UOW’s Formula-SAE team, a student based group that designs, engineers and builds a racecar each year.

What did you build at Hackagong?
A wearable rack for screwdriver bits, holds up to three different sizes of shanks. Always a nice accessory bracelet for those with that in mind.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was pretty good, I had no complaints about anything. the weekend was organised very well, lots of food and drinks (as proven by the 12 Red Bulls I downed in that time haha). There was also great support from the organisers, especially Chris’ help with my Build entry.

What’s next for your product development?
I plan to evolve and improve that design and look into selling copies of the actual thing on Shapeways. There was plenty of feedback from other teams and people about its practicality and aesthetics.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
Nothing much really, it’s kinda becoming a part of my general portfolio of designs and things so it’s a win in its own way.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Not right now, I’ve already got people and friends that are willing to get behind the projects I have, just as a hobby. It’s more of a “you help me, i help you” kinda thing where we share ideas and plans.

Although I’d be interested in working with other Hackagongers, mainly because most of them have plans for their future and it could lead to some great collaboration. I consider myself skilled in CAD and graphics and things like that so there’s always a chance.

 

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Team QUAD / Hackagong 2013

September 19, 2013

Team name
QUAD

Team members
Nathan Roberts, Hannah Sloane, Jolie Nichols and Anton Summerfield

How did the team meet?
We all knew each other from uni or school. I (Nathan) approached Anton the week leading up to the event to see if he was interested and he jumped on without a second thought. Hannah joined up at the brewery and Jolie joined the Saturday morning.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We designed and built using 3D printing a concept QUAD – Quadcopter Unified Aerofoil Design. The design fused the features of a quadcopter and a fixed wing aircraft.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Quadcopters are very popular among professions and hobbyists alike due to their availability and flexibility. The biggest issue regarding the vast majority of users is its flight time. With the Hackagong event fast approaching and no solid ideas we were keen to come up with something innovative and ambitious. Over a coffee by the beach we were captivated by the seagull’s ability to harass people trying to enjoy hot chips with such little effort in flight. It was just the inspiration we needed. Why not give the quadcopter wings!

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
Exceptional! What a way to spend the weekend, 30 hours of non-stop action! Having the opportunity to turn an idea into reality. Enthusiasm and passion was in the air with teams devoting themselves to projects that they came up with, that they were interested in, that they were skilled at. The venue at UOW was fantastic with plenty of space for teams to set up gear have a stretch and see what others were working on and plenty of bean bags for those needing a power nap. The Sunday where judges came around and the demo day was great in regards for teams to have an opportunity to pitch ideas and get feedback. Good experience.

What’s next for your product development?
Putting together a working model. To achieve this further calculations and considerations are required in the design. Pooling available resources, getting sponsors or people with suitable equipment together who are interested would accelerate the process significantly. Prototype aerofoil and quadcopter base structures may be produced using our 3D printer (that we won) with design iterations based on FEA, CFD, battery and flight data analysis.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
To provide a platform to various users such as for high speed communications, real time monitoring of an area for disaster relief, search and rescue, farmers, wildlife surveys, police surveillance, weather and environmental monitoring and study. By incorporating sophisticated software into flight patterns and image analysis the uses are endless. Furthermore as 3D printing and material technologies improve the incorporation of conductive inks and polymers, solar cells, energy storage and artificial muscles will pave the way for a superior platform for professionals and everyday users.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Anyone may help contribute to advancing QUAD from programmers, computer scientist and engineers to people interested in just wanting to have fun and fly around with a quadcopter. Key areas will be sensory input, and utilising control theory to help control flight. If people own a quadcopter or have components they wish to incorporate into the frame then that would be of great help. Anyone interested are valuable.

 

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