Opening Remarks + Git Tutorial by Kifah Meeran | hackers.mu
The first talk was about the event itself. Kifah introduced us to Local Hack Day and the concept of hacking. He then talked about Github, how fun it is and delivered a Git tutorial explaining some basic commands such as: init, status, add, commit, log, diff, apply.
I used version control before but know about the commands diff and apply. It was also fun to help others who were stuck.
“Making your First Chrome Extension” by Codarren Velvindron | Core Contributor, hackers.mu
For the second talk Codarren introduced us to Chrome Extensions. He talked about the one he made namely:
- Week Ly
- Smart Voice Calculator
- Tab Purifier Lite
University Students competition: Mohack
Let the hacking begin! For this competition, university students had to contribute solve the following issues on Github.
The goal was to contribute as much as possible while considering quality. The steps for the competition was:
- Claiming task by moving it to “in progress” and by commenting on it.
- Move the task to “Done” once the issue is fixed and a pull request was sent.
We had until the 4th of December to do it and the winner would win at least:
- Rs 5000 amazon voucher
- Raspberry Pi 3
I really liked the competition. I spent some hours analysing all the issues and picked the one I could. Sometimes the one that seemed the simplest were really out of my reach.
For me most difficult part was setting up the development environment for the program. I had to contact the maintainer to help me for one of the issues.
The easiest part was editing the documentation. For this I did not need to download the repository, I edited in the browser.
The best part was learning new things. I managed to remove a bug in a language I had no experience with (python), and I found it really cool to learn the syntax on the go.
Less than 18 years old competition: Google Coding
I heard about Google coding before but was too old to participate. The participants had to choose from the following tasks:
Again the goal was to complete as much tasks as possible while considering quality. The steps for the competition was to send Mohack:
- The list of all completed tasks
- The deliverables
- The conversation for each task between mentor and participant
We had until the 10th of December to do it and the winner would win at least:
- Rs 3000 amazon voucher
- Arduino Uno
On top of the Mohack prizes, the participant had the chance to win:
- a digital certificate from Google if they complete 1 task
- a tshirt from Google if they complete 3 tasks.
- hoodies as a finalist.
- a trip to Google Headquarters, USA as one of the 50 grand-prize winners.
I could not participate for that one but I sure liked it. I wished I knew about it when I was in high school.
Goodies distribution: YAY!!!!