The Hack Day at UC Berkeley took place on September 17th and 18th, in the Wozniak Lounge of Soda Hall. The computational and intellectual power that was gathered in that one room for a day would normally call for Secret Service detail, but we like to play it dangerous.
Hackers all around: Hacking teams sat around tables and engaged in lively, fast-paced discussions about their projects. These collaborations were wonderful to observe.
Skateboard hacker: This is one of the two photos of Casey Rodarmor, a recent Berkeley graduate who now works as an engineer at Google (but we wouldnt hold that against him :). In this photo, hes still fully conscious and working on his fun hack: getting a large number of computer to sync up and play the THX audio logo, The Deep Note. Though Casey wasnt officially participating in the competition, his presentation was enjoyable to all.
Awesome decal: Weve seen this fantastic decal on Etsy.com before, so it was great to encounter it on a hackers computer in real life. That just shows that hackers arent just super-smart, they also have a great taste.
Google engineer Casey asleep at Y! Hack Day: This is the second image of Casey Rodarmor, taken in the morning of September 18th. He has clearly finished his hack early and had no hesitation about taking a delightful nap on the very comfortable armchairs.
Hackers, posing: This hacker group created an iPad application that aggregates media from different sources and presents it in an attractive, tactile manner. When your hack is that awesome, theres no reason not to pose with it.
Group hacking: As the day rapidly advanced towards the Hack presentations, the last-minute hackathon was getting more and more intense, with groups of hackers huddling around the computers for rapid debugging and problem-solving.
Yahoo! Extraordinaire Jon LeBlanc up all night!: Jon LeBlanc of Yahoo! not only stayed up all night helping and encouraging the hackers, but he also wrote nearly a whole chapter of his upcoming book. Talk about the ultimate multitasker and a man with incredible stamina.
An exhausted hacker: Sometimes there isnt enough couch space, and a very tired hacker needs some space to take a nap where he wouldnt be stepped on. The solution is also a bit of a hack: sleep under a table!