What is Hacky Hour?

Inspired by the ResBaz people at The University of Melbourne, the UTS eResearch team are launching Hacky Hour at UTS. Hacky Hour has been successfully replicated at other universities such as The University of Auckland and The University of British Columbia, so we’re excited to be bringing it to UTS!

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup where researchers can congregate to work on their research problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

There will be knowledgeable folk from the eResearch team there who can help you with your questions.

Why should I come to Hacky Hour?

Here are some reasons you might want to come to Hacky Hour:

  • You want someone to show you the basics in R.
  • You want to know the best way to show some spatial data on a map.
  • You recently attended an Intersect training course and want to get some more help using tool X.
  • Your honours student is pestering you to use you use version control and you want some help getting started.
  • You need to get a huge dataset from a colleague overseas and want to know the fastest way to do it.
  • You need a quick drink while you wait for your scripts to finish running...
  • Or you just want to hack away at your data-crunching scripts in some good company.

Even if you don’t have any problems you want solved, come along to help solve someone else’s. Help a colleague overcome their fears of using Git or show off a really useful tool you just discovered.

Over the coming weeks we’ll also be running some mini-workshops in things like Raspberry Pi and Jupyter. Stay tuned for more details.

I’m in. How do I get involved?

Just show up. If you have a laptop or tablet, you might want to bring it along.

Hacky Hour is a weekly get together on Thursdays at 3pm-4pm, at Penny Lane (the cafe/bar on the ground floor of building 11). The first Hacky Hour will be on Thursday 13 August. Come along and look for all the people with laptops.

We can’t wait to see you there!