We’re on the home stretch. Yippee. How time flies when you are having fun ! We’re all still awake, though there are some rather tired faces around the place now. There’s only so much that red bull and coffee can do.
We’ve started re-organising the temporary work areas and generally tidying up after the frenzy of activity over the last 16 hours. I can see that the A Team have cleared their “mission control “ arrangement, and are now practicing for the project presentation that will take place in around 50 minutes. Looks like they managed to overcome the API issues they wrestled with earlier in the Hackathon.
A quick peek into the C Team “Globe” room reveals some intriguing looking Google Earth displays, with shimmering, multi-coloured bars which seem to dance when you change your viewing angle. What does it all mean, though ? We’ll find out shortly!
The last time I looked into the B Team room, I caught sight of an ugly stack dump – the kind of thing that scares the wits out of regular users, but which, at the same time, seems to have a soothing effect on developers – who coo knowingly, and then dive into the code to kill the offending bug. But I’m sure all will be well by the time we get to the end. And in any case, a Hackathon is not meant to deliver perfection. In fact, one of the best demos I’ve ever seen, delivered by a certain Bill Gates, fell over at the crucial moment. It adds a certain air of authenticity, don’t you think ?
I’ve had a few interruptions whilst writing this post, so in fact we have just 22 minutes to go until code freeze.