Hack Night is an event where programmers, engineers, LMS admins, instructional designers, teachers and anyone else interested in hacking Canvas and Canvas courses come together to hack the APIs, course design, apps, bugs and anything else they want to work on together. Some conversations and questions are more technical in nature than others but everyone is welcome. This year Hack Night will happen in the same place and time as last year - Shivano/Red Cloud on Wednesday, starting at 8 PM. The format is that anyone can suggest a topic for any conversation/table.
Last year we had table top mini posters with suggested topics designed to be people started. They were:
I like the embeddable tools topic, Laura, for sure. Would you envision this more on the 'hack your course'/not as technical side of things?
Sorry for the delay in responding -- been running around a lot recently and only being able to write snippets here and there.
The other group were users less interested in programming than collaborating with other like-minded people to see what is going on, what they're doing to handle a certain situation, what the best practices are. This is invaluable, too. firstname.lastname@example.org is planning a Arc users get-together, probably on Tuesday before the conference kicks off. There's also the unconference on Friday where gasellc has said she is going to propose a data session. It sounds like she wants to meet with people at other times, not just the unconference.
Some of the second group of people that met at hack night might have met up during the unconference last year, but I heard that some people who would have liked to stay weren't able to because it wasn't on the official schedule and so they couldn't justify it to their organization. Thinking out loud, that might draw some of the people away from hack night this year and leave a more technical audience. I'm not sure about that, though, because people get so much out of this conference and they want to maximize the time they spend networking and learning, so even if you said hack night is just for Canvas developers, I think you would still have a large group come in and try to do their own thing anyway.
If that sounds like I'm covering all the bases without really saying anything, that's because it's hard to know what people want to do before they get there. You can certainly make up some table signs ahead of time, but I would also bring blank ones and a Sharpie. It's going to be interesting to see how the unconference comes together.
Sorry I didn't answer the question.
I am definitely in the "How could I make Canvas do X?" particularly with JS. I always try to bring my current problems in search of solutions. I truly value the knowledge & willingness to share by the members of the community & Instructure programmers at Hack Night.
I would also include some ideas of deep diving in Canvas Data. How to make that resource easily navigable and approachable - with some technical know-how and little technical know-how?
I greatly appreciated the API discussions I had last year, so definitely keep those.
And yes, I'm a big fan of the "How could I make Canvas do X?" question - especially in regards to JS and CSS.
Thanks for making this happen!