London/London Hack Weekend Mar 2014

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The London hack weekend March 2014 is a past event in London on March 8th and 9th.

Photos blogs etc

Any photos?

blog post by Dan

Who's coming list

This is the original "who's coming" list. Please edit to reflect who was actually there. There's also a sign-up system on Lanyrd.

  • Matt - organising.
  • can come again! --Katie Filbert (talk) 22:31, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Dan S -- Saturday, poss not Sunday
  • SK53
  • Serge W
  • User:Robert doesn't see why he wouldn't come.
  • User:Nafisa
  • Firefishy (talk)
  • Smsm1 (talk) Late Saturday afternoon and Sunday. (Due to a clash with Suffolk Sustrans meeting). Looking for a sofa for the night to save travelling.
  • Richard on Saturday.
  • TomH (talk)
  • Jon possibly late Saturday and Sunday
  • AmandaN A design student who is doing her final year project. It's a project about urban navigation, i'm looking for some inspirations of hacking Sat-Nav.
  • User:Linyuwei
  • James Humphreys - Coming on Friday, not sure about Sat/Sun. Maps geek, routing and pathing specialist. Daytime job at BP designing logistics algorithms, moonlighting with What3Words

Old organisational details


AOL has donated two large meeting rooms in their London offices at 11-20 Capper Street (WC1E 6JA), near UCL, map. On the day you'll need to be buzzed into reception and sign in, so make sure your name's on the list below even if there's only a small chance you're coming. Avoid disappointment - sign up now!

The front door of the AOL office is the furthest one from Tottenham Court Road, in the white Art Deco style building on the south side of Capper Street. There's a buzzer for entry on the right side of the door. Once inside, the guard will ask you to sign into the visitor's register and will either call Matt or show you through to the rooms we've got booked.

The meeting rooms and facilities we have been allocated are fully accessible, with step-free access if required.


It's a buffet-style event - come for the bits you want and leave the bits you don't. So to help everyone rendezvous, here's a rough schedule. Can't promise we'll stick to it, but we'll try (especially the bits at the pub). For lunch during the event it's a bit of a tradition to get some pizzas in, but if you don't like (free) pizza then there's all the delights of Tottenham Court Road at our doorstep map with unhelpfully few names.

Friday 7th
7pm until closing: Pre-hackery pub meetup at The Parcel Yard map inside King's Cross Station. There is food at the pub, but some veteran OSMers might be more interested in the nearby burrito opportunities.
Saturday 8th
10am to 6pm-ish: Coding, chatting and so forth at hack weekend HQ, AOL, Capper Street. map
6pm until closing: Post-hackery pub meetup at The Fitzrovia Belle map very conveniently close to the venue. Food served, and plenty of other food opportunities nearby.
Sunday 9th
10am (hangover-permitting) until 6pm-ish: More coding, subdued conversation and dim lighting at hack weekend HQ, AOL, Capper Street. map

Hack Weekend?

An OpenStreetMap "hack weekend" is a meet-up where we bring along laptops to an office space and spend the weekend doing some technical work to improve OpenStreetMap. This may be development of the "core" components, the editors, or any other side projects and pet projects we fancy hacking on. OpenStreetMap has development tasks sprouting from it in all directions. There's work to do in almost any programming language, as well as tasks like documentation, and even some non-technical graphics design and translation tasks.

We mostly take a fairly unstructured free-form format. People turn up and start beavering away on something, or they turn up and see what they can help with. However we can also run more structured workshops if there is demand

Ideas for themes / targets

Tutorial session ideas:

  • ideas go here!

Hacking ideas:

  • HOT Tasking Manager - Katie and Dan have been discussing (on the HOT email list) whether they can contribute towards some of the planned improvements
  • FHRS data:
    • Alter snapshot server to support point features
    • Generate (mapnik) tile, shapefile and Garmin format data from FHRS data (largely done)
    • Work on FHRS diff feeds
    • matching re. Nominatim (some work done at last hackweekend)
  • How to disable the locating service in a certain area when user have been there more than three times? (might be a silly question tho..)
  • ideas go here!

Other hack idea lists

  • London/London Hack Weekend Nov 2013#Ideas for themes / targets - Some hack ideas for the previous November hack weekend are probably still valid
  • Bugs - Bug trackers for the various software in and around OSM generally work as a sort of hack ideas list, although they also contain ideas which need more discussion, problems which are hard to fix, and maybe some out of date stuff.
  • Top Ten Tasks - These are a handful of generally quite big engineering challenges, but high priority for OSM.
  • Things To Do - weird list. not well maintained. (hack idea: maintain it!)
  • Harry's hack ideas. They're Harry's, but you can steal them if you like.