[UA-discuss] Hackathon @ ICANN55

Miguel Ignacio Estrada miestrada at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 15:48:31 UTC 2015

Sorry for bringing it back to basics, maybe I lost track but what would be
the expected outcome of this Hackaton?

On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM, Jordyn Buchanan via UA-discuss <
ua-discuss at icann.org> wrote:

> Hey all:
> I have two thoughts on this:
> 1) I like to periodically go back to thinking about the UASG as a
> coordinating body.  Given that general statement of principle/purpose, it
> seems like the goal here should be to see if we can find someone who knows
> how to do hackathons and have them host it with some level of support and
> awareness-raising from the UASG.  Maybe that could be a local university or
> tech company.  If we find ourselves in the position that we're putting on a
> hackathon as opposed to helping to support one, I'd suggest that we're
> losing sight of the coordination role and it's going to be hard to scale up
> UA efforts if we expect the UASG to have to be doing most of the heavy
> lifting.
> 2) Before we really answer the question of whether a hackathon in
> Marrakech makes sense (as a way for us to invest our time and money),
> versus a hackathon somewhere else, I think a good question to think about
> is what sorts of projects we expect the hackers to be hacking away at.
> While it's true that there's some engineers at ICANN meetings, they tend to
> be focused on systems/network infrastructure.  So if our goal, for example,
> to create some cool javascript that allowed for proper right-to-left domain
> handling and conversion to punycode, I'd guess we wouldn't have a lot of
> the right people at the meeting to be strong contributors to this effort.
> On the other hand, folks may be able to articulate some class of problem
> that we do want to hack away at and where we think we'll have the right
> folks on site.  If so, that's great, but we should clearly articulate what
> we're after and, to Mike's point, consider bringing in some people who are
> going to be really strong coders and idea generators to make sure we have a
> nucleus of hackers to build around.
> Pulling together, what I'd hate to see is a
> hackathon-for-the-sake-of-a-hackathon that ends up not being successful and
> discourages future UA technical efforts along these same lines.  I really
> want to see these sorts of hackathons take place, but I want to make sure
> we're getting the most bang for buck out of the effort this group will
> invest into making it happen.
> Jordyn
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:52 AM, Mike Silber <mike.silber at icann.org>
> wrote:
>> Rubens and Don +1
>> The ccNSO / ccTLD community have a tech day. Try not to overlap and
>> engage with the organizers and coordinate as far as possible. Don't expect
>> too much though.
>> Regional IDN ccTLDs are a great place to start.
>> Avoid the corporate communications machine from getting hold of this and
>> turning it into something it is not. Under promise (or don't promise at
>> all) and over deliver.
>> While no one should be excluded, ensure invitations and communications
>> make it clear that this is a technical engagement and policy discussions
>> happen elsewhere.
>> Consider travel funding specifically for this. To me the criteria would
>> be technical skill and regional location!
>> Just my 2c (and at current exchange rates that is about $0,0018) so take
>> it for what it is worth.
>> Mike
>> > On 12 Nov 2015, at 02:18, Rubens Kuhl <rubens at registro.br> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >> On Nov 11, 2015, at 9:20 PM, Don Hollander <don.hollander at icann.org>
>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Here’s my take on the Hackathon idea @ ICANN55:
>> >>
>> >> 1) ICANN is a technology conference and there would be few technology
>> conferences of its size held in the region.
>> >> 2) I note that ICANN is generally around policies, but there are still
>> a lot of geeks there
>> >
>> > ccTLD activities at ICANN are usually of a more technical tone, and
>> ccTLDs are the most used domains in the AF region, not gTLDs. Involving the
>> local IDN ccTLDs might be key to attract more geeks.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Rubens
>> >
>> >

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