Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter Hackfest Postmortem

Last night/this morning we had our Winter Hackfest. It was a pretty good turn out, at the peak we had about 16 people. For most of the night there was about six people once the crowd dropped off. We had two sheets of Columbini's Buffalo Mild pizza and a dozen bottles of soda which was almost gone.

The dedicated folks were at the Hackfest from 6:00pm to 7:30 am which is pretty good! Lots of Caffeine helps the hackers keep hacking at those early ours in the morning.

There was a group working on Rise Above the Crowd, a system being developed by some folks in the journalism department to allow guests to interact digitally at our next Imagine Fest. Remy and Nate were working on Civx which is always exciting while I was working on an inventory system to run on the Web2Py framework.

Lots of food, music, and hacking; A very successful hackfest!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

OVC Nominated for the Digital Rochester Great Awards

Recently, the Open Video Chat team was nominated for the Digital Rochester Great Awards.

The OVC team and one other student from RIT were nominated for the Student Achievement award.
Awarded to a student, currently enrolled in a Greater Rochester higher education institution, who showed leadership and skill in applying or advancing innovative technology for the betterment of themselves, their educational institution, and/or the greater Rochester Community.

Taylor Rose and Justin Lewis
Image by Kenneth Pamatat.

It appears that we were nominated by someone who had seen us showing off Open Video Chat at RIT's Imagine Festival last year where we had a booth set up in the center of the Innovation Center. I personally never herd of this award group and was not expecting to be nominated by a random spectator, I really appreciate it.

Since the nomination, I have been interviewed by RIT University News and just today we made it onto the Homepage of RIT's Computer Science Department.