2012/Hacker Lounge

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This year's Hacker Lounge is sponsored by Intel and will be open all day during the conference, as well as in the evenings.

Interested in hosting a table for your project? Email hackerlounge@opensourcebridge.org.

Community Night (Tuesday, 6:30pm-9:30pm, and onwards)

Please join us on the first evening of the conference, Tuesday, in the Hacker Lounge, for a night of community hacking. We’ll serve snacks and beer, and host various groups who are eager to get you hacking on their projects, including:


Rapid Interface Builder (RIB) is an open source, web-based tool for prototyping the layout of a jQuery Mobile web application. It features a drag and drop user interface, multi-page layouts, code preview, device preview, and project management in local storage with import and export.

HTML5 WebApps: HTML5 introduced several interesting features, like the canvas; local, session, and database storage; audio and video elements; and web workers, just to name a few. On the other hand, the CSS3 specification introduced many powerful features, like transitions, transformations and animations, mediaqueries, and webfonts. HTML5 with CSS3 expand the capabilities of the browser beyond acting as a mere viewer for web content, to actually running web applications.In this project, we are showcasing several sample web apps to demonstrate the features provided by HTML5 and CSS3 technologies. The project is geared toward developers interested in creating applications using the latest technologies and Web APIs.

Mozilla Boot 2 Gecko (Firefox Phone)

There will be B2G phones to play with and t-shirts. You can find more information about the project on Mozilla’s wiki and on MDN.

Wikimedia Foundation

The Visual Editor team will have just released their prototype to a test wiki, so they’re looking for nitpickers to flush out bugs before we deploy to sites that millions of people use. They’ll also be happy to help people learn how to use JavaScript to customize personal Wikipedia experience with JavaScript userscripts and Gadgets, or integrate Wikimedia data into their apps using the MediaWiki API. Target audience: curious folks with analytical minds (for testing), JavaScript-knowledgable web developers (for the customizing), and developers of all sorts (to learn the API).

Lockpick Village

Kenny McElroy will entertain people with very familiar little mechanical puzzles that most people use on a regular basis: locks!


Aaron Jenson will lead a hackfest on PowerShell-related stuff, including Carbon, a PowerShell DevOps module for setup automation.

Hacking for All Levels

Never hacked on an open source project before? Battle-tested open source contributor? Somewhere in between? You are all welcome to participate! The event is open to all badge holders, including those with a free Community Pass. Please register ahead of time if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, 6:30pm-10:30pm


Privly lets you post content on the web (Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Diaspora, everywhere) without letting host sites have access to your data. Come find out how to un-send emails and manage your data across many websites simultaneously. #FreeTShirts


As a follow-on to Pieter van de Bruggen's talk on Information Radiators, he will help other people get started using Tranquil, and to hack on improvements to the tool itself.

Thursday, 6:30pm-8pm

The Hacker Lounge will be closing early tonight (by 8pm) so participants can attend our fabulous party at Refuge.