[UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55

Dusan Stojicevic dusan at dukes.in.rs
Fri Nov 6 23:18:34 UTC 2015

Dear all,

Every event can be a place for Hackathon. There are Hackathons as a side 
events on school, scientific and education events, on fairs... even as a 
standalone events.
Crucial questions are:
1. Can we gather programmers on this Hackathon?
It's rather easy to organize Hackathon on IETF meetings... but on ICANN 
meeting? Don't expect to find programmers among participants of ICANN 
meetings. We could have some locals, but we need to invest money to 
bring them there (travel and accommodation support at least). How much 
is that, roughly?
2. If we do so, Hackathon will be side event and first of this kind on 
ICANN meetings. This fact can trigger huge interest among ICANN 
participants, if we do good work with PR (especially announcing event). 
Let say - we can handle that well. But - we better have something useful 
as a result of this Hackathon (good apps or whatever), or it will be 
complete fiasco. Empty story in PR sense. And right to left writings in 
Maroko, this is nice idea. So, we need GOOOD programers (money), GOOOD 
PR campaign (money) and GOOOD results (depends on the money spent on 
first two things in sentence). And the real question is> How much money 
we need for this and will ICANN this amount of money?

If they want to pay all that - let's have Hackathon, I am in and 
volunteering to help.
(Every problem can be solved with the money. If the problem cannot be 
solved with the money, it can be solved with large amount of money ;) )

My two cents

On 6.11.2015 19:02, Mark Svancarek wrote:
> Marrakech as a city for a hackathon makes sense to me, but ICANN 55 as 
> a venue does not.
> *From:*Rubens Kuhl [mailto:rubensk at nic.br]
> *Sent:* Friday, November 6, 2015 9:50 AM
> *To:* Mark Svancarek
> *Cc:* Richard Merdinger; Ram Mohan; Don Hollander; UA-discuss at icann.org
> *Subject:* Re: [UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55
> That depends on target mission; if the Hackathon goal would be to 
> develop or fix software for right-to-left scripts like Arabic, 
> Marrakech sounds like a good place. If it's something more generic 
> like new gTLDs acceptance, then not.
> Rubens
>     Em 6 de nov de 2015, à(s) 15:41:000, Mark Svancarek
>     <marksv at microsoft.com <mailto:marksv at microsoft.com>> escreveu:
>     I do like the idea of a hackathon, but not at ICANN.    These
>     might have been better:
>     http://opensourcebridge.org/
>     <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3a%2f%2fopensourcebridge.org%2f&data=01%7c01%7cmarksv%40microsoft.com%7c40043b104f1944a5571208d2e6d2a309%7c72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7c1&sdata=n2tKq1ayFsgF52aB9N407sMlmeMaEU07WPAGQapBQyI%3d>
>     http://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/open-source-2015
>     <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3a%2f%2fconferences.oreilly.com%2foscon%2fopen-source-2015&data=01%7c01%7cmarksv%40microsoft.com%7c40043b104f1944a5571208d2e6d2a309%7c72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7c1&sdata=XMKyWuLzStI3sq7WeZjWLyyJ5Og65fJSNgtqnSC3Vio%3d>
>     or
>     http://businessofsoftware.org/
>     <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3a%2f%2fbusinessofsoftware.org%2f&data=01%7c01%7cmarksv%40microsoft.com%7c40043b104f1944a5571208d2e6d2a309%7c72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7c1&sdata=as90OmLuob5G3gZgOHPbvxBeuDBvU67aLwr3fJFsJC8%3d>
>     or
>     https://www.gala-global.org/conference/gala-annual-conference-2016
>     <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.gala-global.org%2fconference%2fgala-annual-conference-2016&data=01%7c01%7cmarksv%40microsoft.com%7c40043b104f1944a5571208d2e6d2a309%7c72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7c1&sdata=Nu8Wg%2fx2maXnEKcO9iRkcTITLnxqUHQrjUV%2bm%2f%2bbsgc%3d>
>     or
>     …?
>     *From:*ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org
>     <mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org>
>     [mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org]*On Behalf Of*Richard Merdinger
>     *Sent:*Friday, November 6, 2015 8:56 AM
>     *To:*Ram Mohan; Don Hollander; UA-discuss at icann.org
>     <mailto:UA-discuss at icann.org>
>     *Subject:*Re: [UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55
>     All,
>     Unfortunately, I agree with Ram here.  I want to get excited about
>     how we can accomplish such an event that will achieve some
>     “needle-moving” results. That said, I’m not sure what we would be
>     “hacking” on yet.  Also agree on the question of ICANN as an event
>     being thee right location for such an effort once-defined.
>     I suggest we not rush this concept, but continue to have ongoing
>     open discussion regarding it as part of the combined UASG project
>     teams with a goal of defining the event concept by Marrakech.
>     Thoughts always appreciated,
>     --Rich
>     Richard Merdinger
>     VP, Domains – GoDaddy
>     e:rmerdinger at godaddy.com <mailto:rmerdinger at godaddy.com>
>     s: richard.merdinger
>     *From:*ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org
>     <mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org>[mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org]*On
>     Behalf Of*Ram Mohan
>     *Sent:*Friday, November 06, 2015 10:29 AM
>     *To:*Don Hollander <don.hollander at icann.org
>     <mailto:don.hollander at icann.org>>;UA-discuss at icann.org
>     <mailto:UA-discuss at icann.org>
>     *Subject:*Re: [UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55
>     I’m skeptical of the success of a hackathon in Marrakesh, or
>     indeed at an ICANN meeting. It needs developers, not policy people
>     to make it successful.
>     The probability of success will increase if co-located with a more
>     developer friendly meeting, or in a University setting.
>     -Ram
>     *From:*Don Hollander [mailto:don.hollander at icann.org
>     <mailto:don.hollander at icann.org>]
>     *Sent:*Friday, November 06, 2015 12:09 AM
>     *To:*UA-discuss at icann.org <mailto:UA-discuss at icann.org>
>     *Subject:*[UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55
>     ICANN, through Cyrus Namazi, has raised the idea of supporting a
>     “Hackathon” in conjunction with ICANN55 in Morocco.
>     A “Hackathon” is where a bunch of geeks gather for a short period
>     of time – one or two days – and code to solve problems.
>     At the UA Discuss call yesterday there was strong interest in
>     supporting such an event, but we ran out of time to reach any
>     meaningful conclusion.
>     So, this thread is to instigate discussion, ideas, and volunteers
>     to help drive it forward.
>     Your thoughts, please….

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