Wave hackathon in Copenhagen

Today a wave hackathon was held in Copenhagen. Tommy Pedersen from Miraclegeekhouse started with the ide and got everything organized. National IT and Telecom Agency (IT- og Telestyrelsen) hosted the event in their nice meeting rooms.

The group ready to start Waving

The day started with an introduction with Tommy, about Google Wave and how to build robots. So everyone got up to speed on what wave was.

Joakim showing how to make gadgets

Then Joakim Recht from Trifork gave an introduction to the gadget api and how to use the shared state in gadgets. It was a good introduction, which made me wanting to code a gadget.

We had a brainstorm before the meeting in a wave. See the embedded wave for more information (sorry none wavers, I felt like this was the time to use the embed plugin).

We had some hectic hours programming on wave in small groups on the subject of our choise.

For the presentation we had some problems namely that the link between the Wavesandbox and Appengine was very slow. We had therefore response time of up to 5 minutes, before robots could interact. The robot demos were therefore pretty lame.

Bjarke Walling and Allan Ebdrup had made a gadget to make freehand drawings in. It was possible to collaborate on drawing in the wave, and both participants could see the drawing. He had some problems with the mouse down and up events, which was a little slow. Also the drawing created a lot of events, so the playback was long.

Bjarke presenting his drawing gadget

I was together with Bo Stendal Sørensen and worked on a robot to record each participant’s contribution to the wave. It mostly ended out in a research project for how to annotations works. It was a pain, but I hope to be able to create a write up about it soon. It might solve some hair lose.

It was a great day, and we all learned a lot from the event. Big applause to the team around the event.

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