Hack4theArts Lafayette: A Civic Coding Event


Hack4theArts Lafayette is September 20, 2014 at The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, CO. This is a day-long event where community volunteers will create new and fun web or mobile applications to build awareness and engagement with Lafayette’s public art. Join other civic-minded geeks for a day of coding, food, prizes, and more!

At the event, participants will work individually or in small teams, developing solutions to a Challenge posed by the organizers. Leveraging freely-available content and data, participants will collaborate in groups to create dynamic solutions. Each solution will be and evaluated by a panel of judges at the end of the day. Prizes will be awarded for the solution selected by the judges, which will be completed during subsequent coding sessions and made freely available to the broader community.

Event Schedule

8:00 – 9:00  Check-in & breakfast
9:00 – 9:30  Welcome, opening remarks, challenge & rules
9:30 – 10:30  Solution brainstorming, pitching, & team formation
10:30 – 12:30  Morning hack session
12:30 – 1:30  Lunch
1:30 – 4:30  Afternoon hack session
4:30 – 5:30  Break (appetizers & beverages)
5:30 – 6:30  Prepare demos
6:30 – 7:30  Demo solutions for judging
7:30 – 8:00  Dinner, judging, & prizes

Click here to register!

Summer Workshops

We have a great lineup of workshops this summer at the Lafayette Public Library as part of their summer reading STEM program!

Here is the schedule:

4 – Intro to Python (Instructor: Bryan Loughry) – Register here
11 – Hands-On Circuits (Instructor: Theresa Stets) – Register here
18 – Advanced Python (Instructor: Bryan Loughry) – Register here
25 – Intro to Ruby (Instructor: Mark Morris) – Register here
27 – Teen hackathon! (Jon Saints) – Register here

2 – Hands-On Circuits (Instructor: Theresa Stets) – Register here (tickets available June 16)
9 – Scratch Programming
16 – Sphero Programming (Instructor: Anna Fowles-Winkler)
23 – Arduino for Everyone (Instructor: Ed Goyette)

Teen Tech Week Mar 9-14

We’re excited to announce the workshops and hackathon for Teen Tech Week at the Lafayette Public Library!

Here is the schedule:

Git: Social Networking for Your Code

Monday 3/10 4:30pm – 5:30pm - Register Here!
Instructor: Nathan Witmer (Software Developer at Github)

Git is one of the need-to-know tools for software developers today! Learn the basics of version control and collaboration. Create an online portfolio to get noticed by potential future employers. For those who are curious, the first chapter of http://git-scm.com/book as well as http://try.github.io/ are a good place to get started. Students can follow along if they have a GitHub account of their own, and download the Mac or Windows client.

Intro to Python

Wednesday 3/12 4:30pm – 5:30pm - Register Here!
Instructor: Bryan Loughry (Data Scientist at Northfield Trading LP)

Python is a popular scripting language used for data analysis, web development, and research. Learn the basics in this class as you choose from one of three fun projects: program a chatbot that talks about movies, determine the cause of a disease outbreak in cats, or create a simple game. All work will be done in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

Intro to Ruby

Thursday 3/13 4:30pm – 5:30pm - Register Here!
Instructors: Mark Morris (Software Developer at Coroutine) & Sara Snyder (Freelance Developer)

Ruby is a programming language created over 20 years ago with the goal of “making programmers happy.” You’ll learn the basic building blocks in Ruby to be on your way in no time to write your own programs! Resources for continued learning will be provided. All work will be done in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

Cipher Scavenger Hunt Hackathon

Friday 3/14 5:00pm – 10:00pm - Register Here!
Facilitators: Anna Fowles-Winkler (Software Developer at Oracle) & Jon Saints (Software Developer at Digital Globe)

48 teen coders will converge at the library for this special event! Teams of 3 will be formed that evening. Each team will work on a programming task (to be divulged that evening). Prizes will be awarded! Glory will be won! Plus, we’ll have pizza, soda, and snacks.

Bring your laptop, if you have one. Be ready to code in Python, Ruby, or the language of your choice. We will have laptops for teams to borrow, too.

Saturday, January 4, 2014: Scratch and Sphero Workshops!

After our amazing workshop kickoff Saturday, December 14, 2013, we’re gearing up for the next round Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Lafayette Public Library. These workshops are for kids in grades 3-12 who have no prior programming experience.

Here is the schedule:

10:30am – 12:30pm: Scratch Programming (register here)

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Sphero Programming with Macrolab (register here)