Hacker EPROM 2010

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Note: This page is about an event that has already happened. It took place on Feb 27 2010. | Edit

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Info[edit]

This will be Noisebridge's first prom. There will be the dancing and punch. Please look sharp.

  • Date: February 27th
  • Time: 20:00
  • Loc: Noisebridge
  • Formal attire and a date is required to get in (doesn't have to be human, can be a robot).

It would be awesome if someone could show up in a limo.

Required Attire[edit]

Those identifying as human[edit]

  • Gowns or a "nice" dress
  • Dress pants
  • Formal Jacket
  • A tie with the format dress shirt (totally required)

Those not identifying as anything[edit]

  • Something "formal" looking with LEDs

Event Lore[edit]

WHEN: 2010-10-05

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At Noisebridge's anniversary party, Moxie Merlinspike or possibly Niket Desai or both proposed that we all bring $10 and decide during the party what to do with it. We voted for the idea of sending a Noisebridge envoy to Singapore Hackerspace and we picked someone by rock paper scissors tournament and sent them there and back to report on the Singaporean hacker community.

Meeting Notes Report[edit]

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Press Coverage[edit]

Concept came from Moxie. Everyone brings $10 and the theme of the party is what to do with the money. Visual computing voting system. Ended up choosing to send one member of the party to visit Singapore. Antonio was chosen by Rock Paper Scissors tournament, and went off the next day. He successfully visited the hackerspace in Singapore.
Antonio’s next 2.5 days were split evenly between visiting hackerspaceSG and flying (30 hours each). Read his account.
As you’d expect from a bunch of hackers, the “visual computing voting system” (shown above) was quicker than paper ballots and more precise than a show of hands. Using a camera aimed at the audience and custom software that counted bright dots, people instantly registered their votes by holding up a light source, such as a cell phone or a lighter.
Earlier this month, the Mission District-based hacker collective Noisebridge held a party celebrating its third anniversary. It collected $10 donations and asked partygoers to decide how to spend the money, about $1,000 in all. One idea: Pay a mariachi band to get naked. Another: Mash Hostess cakes into a huge ball, light it on fire, and roll it down the hill at Dolores Park. One member had written a special light detection program. To indicate their preferences, partygoers simply held up their glowing cellphone screens, and a webcam tallied the votes.

The winning idea was to send a random partygoer on an “international mission.” Guest Antonio Roman-Alcala suggested they select the traveler through an epic game of Roshambo, also known as Rock-paper-scissors. (He is not a computer hacker, but he thinks of himself as a “life hacker,” someone who applies a hacker-style approach to nondigital problems.)

Roughly 15 of the 100 or so attendees decided to play. Roman-Alcala won. “Most of the people there probably voted for the outcome because they wanted to see someone else go,” he said. “I realized afterwards that I was kind of a sucker.”

This wasn't the first time the 27-year-old Mission District native had fallen prey to late-night awesome ideas. Courtesy of a previous birthday bash, he has a tattoo on his arm of a dead gopher, a tribute to all those who have died in his urban farming projects.

Roman-Alcala ducked out of the Noisebridge party to consult with his roommate, who advised him that his classes at Cal and his efforts to fight gentrification could wait for a week. In his absence, the hackers decided where to send him. Cuba was “too close,” Tokyo “too cliché,” he heard later. The group started Skypeing with another hacker space across the Pacific, who agreed to host him. Just after noon the next day, Roman-Alcala was on his way to Singapore. He spent a grand total of 30 hours in the country, enjoying a walking tour and a ceremonial exchange of hacker space keys. Then he got back on the plane.

Niket Desai, who came up with the idea, said it was successful enough that Noisebridge may start sending out hacker ambassadors regularly.


Robots[edit]

  • All exterior metal must be polished

Setup[edit]

We need some things:

  • Disco ball
  • Punch bowl
  • A DJ
  • The Dancing
  • Makeout room (for making things)
  • Photo area with pedestal and fake tree plus backdrop