Summer of Hacks is an annual series of friendly, practical, & free events in Oxford organised by the local tech community.
Our 2019 events:
Bring your laptop (and a charger), there'll be mentors and chances to pair with other attendees. You’ll need Node.js on your computer to get started, and if you have a chance to install it before the event you'll be able to get started straight away.
This is a day of hacking on hardware. It's for anyone who is interested in learning about hardware. There are no minimum entry requirements other than an inquisitive mind.
If you've never touched a breadboard before, that's fine: we’re bringing some starter packs, complete with Espruino boards and components and plenty of helpful people to guide you. If you're a bit more experienced that's great too, as you'll get to play with some new kit or hack on a project with like-minded people.
You'll probably want to bring a laptop and its charger. You're also welcome to bring any other tools and components you have. We recommend marking them up somehow—using washi tape, stickers, etc.—so it's easy to check you're taking the right things home.
The Language Hackday is a day-long event primarily geared towards making machines do things with human language, either in text or audio form. It is for anyone interested in using computers to analyse, create, transform, or otherwise play with any of the 6,000 human languages (though the major world languages will be easier to find data on).
Some things that you might find people working on include figuring out if a twitter bot is happy or sad, creating rap poetry as a mashup of Shakespeare and Eminem, or even creating web-based materials to help others learn languages.
All you need is your lovely self and a laptop (with its charger).
How to get involved
→ Attend an event
The best way to get involved is to come along to one of our events.
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Code of Conduct
All of our events follow a code of conduct and are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organisers.
tl;dr: Be excellent with each other
The Summer of Hacks organisers are there to help you have a good time. If you have any questions, concerns or need help, please reach out to us:
Adam Leskis, email@example.com (slack - @aleskis)
Rich Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org (slack - @rich)
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors and speakers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Sponsors, speakers and event staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund (if applicable).
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately.
Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or the police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at event venues and related social events.
It's our absolute priority that attendees are safe and feel respected. If you have any issues, concerns, or questions then contact us: organisers will share contact details at each event so that all attendees will have a number of ways to raise issues or concerns both on the day or after the event.