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 think you are correct about trying to set up for both categories of people. There is also the distinction that some people are content to network with each other and others come wanting to ask one specific question of an Instructure engineer.
laurakgibbs, I am definitely no coder or developer, but the eavesdropping-and-learning activities at Hack Night might just have been my absolute favorite thing! (Except for all my other favorite things at InstructureCon.)
Excited to see everyone at hack night!
I'm hoping to discuss:
I'm willing to discuss/share/workon:
firstname.lastname@example.org, we can do that!
I'm not sure how everyone handles meet ups. Maybe I'll change my community preferences to notify me for Direct Messages... also Robert Carroll (@rbtcar) | Twitter
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I can't seem to get the following to work because we have to login through Canvas first, and the Jive app doesn't seem to make that possible?
Despite that thousands of people who are there, you'll be amazed how easy it is to run into people that you know from the community without a great deal of planning and without a smart phone to coordinate things.
That is some great advice!
This will actually be my 4th InstructureCon. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend last year and attending this year was a challenge. I would have liked to submit a presentation had I known I would get to attend. I recently presented with SHEBENE at our own Nevada Innovations Summit and have since been working with some great people here in Nevada. I also remember how open people were to share their thoughts, progress and difficulties at #InstCon, and how I got my introduction to Python from Hack Night. I can't wait for more! I shouldn't have a problem buried in my phone, I rarely use it in general, and prefer to work on......and lately, have to remember to keep it in my pocket when I get home instead of leaving it by my wallet and keys, just so I can log more #stepsforbeth. A live game of Where's Waldo sounds like fun!
We have also been using several of your Canvancements, for awhile in our UI hacks. Your repo for canvancement/canvas-data got me up and running so fast with Canvas Data I spent way more time working on how to use it than getting into it, and email@example.com discussion on the Requests Table was extremely helpful.
Some of the difficulties of developing these solutions on top of Canvas and it's awesome open architecture is that we are subject to the very volatile release cycle. For instance, we had just deployed some charts (via LTI) that showed grade distributions across various points in the Fall, and shortly after Canvas released deprecation warnings on two tables we used, and would soon replace them with several more, which I'm totally a fan of. More organized data anytime! However, this increases technical debt, because now we have to go back. I would like to know if anyone else has these pain points, and would they like to collaborate on ways to prevent duplication of effort and keep us developing new tools more often than redesigning them. Maybe this group is already out there, I'd like to sign up. I'm also happy to help contribute to any other projects out there.
Excited to meet up with firstname.lastname@example.org tonight for dinner and a chat while he spends a few days here discovering Las Vegas summers! :smileydevil:
I'll get back to you on the realistic photo and update my avatar soon, my wife and I are terrible at taking pictures! :smileyconfused:
Something else I’d add is that in general everyone is super friendly at the conference, so definitely chat people up! I’ve had great conversations with random strangers I was sitting next to at a meal, conference session, or even waiting in line next to! This includes attendees and Instructure employees, who are just as friendly!