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Hack Week, Hour of Code start this week

December 7th, 2015 by

Today is the beginning of two week-long events that are both exciting and serve a great purpose.

This week the Hour of Code begins and the lessons of teaching students to write code is a novel idea. Using Star Wars and the soccer ball looking droid BB-8, students are learning the basics of code worldwide. Touché to the technical staff of Star Wars for providing lessons for this good cause.

Students aren’t the only ones this week who are having fun and doing experimental coding.We’re doing a Hack Week this week and there are plenty of projects people can contribute to on the Hack Week website. Maybe students who breeze through their Hour of Code lessons would be interested in learning a few of openSUSE’s Hack Week projects.

One of the projects is learning ruby with betaman submitted by gameboy974. vitezslav_cizek’s project is to unlock locked devices. bamvor’s project is using two ARM 64bit boards and a sensor kit for his project on openSUSE with Linaro 96 board.

One project is even doing some KDE bugzilla cleanup.

Coding is important, but so is documentation. One Hack Week project is also dedicated to reinforcing this point. There are a list of pages on a Mozilla etherpad for the openSUSE wiki that need to be refreshed and refined.

Join us this week for some hacking and use the Hack Week website and IRC for communicating.

Next Week is Hack Week!

April 10th, 2015 by

Hack Week, a week where openSUSE/SUSE hackers experiment without limits! It’s the opportunity to innovate, collaborate across teams, and learn. The only rule is: Do what you want, but do it!

Hack Week 12

Many openSUSE/SUSE hackers use this opportunity to work on an activity of their passion and judging from the submitted ideas on hackweek.suse.com there is plenty of passion in the community!

Be it porting openSUSE to new and exciting hardware (Firefly-RK3288 or Intel Quark X1000) and architectures (MIPS). Improving our tools like OpenQA, YaST or OSEM. Making the life of openSUSE users more secure with better disk encryption, SSL pinning or a GNOME password manager. Nerding off with improving disassembly in gdb, porting a fake signal optimization to kGraft or diving into functional programming together. Or how about some more earthly passions like improving yourself or simply jamming together to improve Free Software?

We are sure that in the end, the 12th incarnation of this event, will give birth to one of the next big openSUSE/SUSE innovations. Like so many Hack Weeks before have! Just think about zypp and zypper, the openSUSE ARM port or YaST in Ruby.

So when next week is Hack Week, support the openSUSE/SUSE hackers where you can when they explore strange new languages, seek out new tools and new communities, when they boldly go where no hacker has gone before!

Hackweek VI

January 19th, 2011 by

Hack Week LogoHackweek VI will take place January 24th – 28th, 2011.

Hackweek is one of Novell’s biggest ways of giving back to the openSUSE community – by providing developers the opportunity to spend their paid work week contributing to free and open source software instead of their assigned projects.  Hackweek V produced an amazing variety of projects, including froxlor (server management panel), a donor management app for Shelterbox, a GUI client for SUSE Studio, and hundreds more. Prior Hackweeks have spawned projects that are now desktop Linux mainstays, like Tasque and Giver.

Hackweek VI features the theme “Engineering Cloud” and allows developers to get their hands on related projects. In order to support that approach, we are providing access to a few select cloud providers and a setup where you can deploy cloud infrastructure software (e.g. Eucalyptus). Your favorite hack-project may or may not relate to that theme, it may well be experimental, as long as it is Linux- or SUSE-related.
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Hack Week III Winners

October 15th, 2008 by

After very careful deliberation, we’ve chosen the winners from Hack Week III. The categories were: Best Cross-Pollination Team, First Penguin Awards, and the Best Overall Projects.

The Best Cross-Pollination Team: Awards the project that connects different teams, and raises awareness of each other’s work.

First Penguin Award: Awards the project that goes out on a limb to try something difficult and risky… and probably fails.  Named in honor of the first penguin to jump into the water when there may be predators swimming below.

Best Overall Projects: Goes to the projects that the panelists thought were “best” for one reason or other. Surprisingly enough, we had a tie for first place on this one!

And the winners are:

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openSUSE at Utah Open Source Conference

August 25th, 2008 by

See the openSUSE Project at the Utah Open Source Conference this week!

The Utah Open Source Conference is going on August 28 through August 30 at the Salt Lake Community College. The openSUSE Project will be hosting a table to show off the latest and greatest in openSUSE, and Novell and openSUSE also will have several speakers/talks on the agenda including:

As part of Hack Week, we’ll also have a room set aside for Hack Week III participants, so you can watch the hacking in real time.

The schedule runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. See the full schedule on the UTOSC Web site: http://2008.utosc.com/speaker/schedule/, and the events and activities here: http://2008.utosc.com/pages/events/.

We’re also looking for more volunteers for the openSUSE booth at the show. Please contact Zonker if you’re interested.

Hack Week III is almost upon us!

August 22nd, 2008 by

Hack Week III is almost upon us! Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week, from August 25th through August 29th, and we want the openSUSE community to be in on it!

What’s Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell’s developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties. This helps provide an opportunity for Novell’s developers to work on innovative new projects they might not normally be able to work on. Since most of the projects developed during Hack Week are open source, this also benefits the community by providing new code.

During Hack Week, developers can work on any project of interest. So far Hack Week has spawned a number of impressive projects and improvements, such as Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, Tasque, Giver, and many others.

For HW3, we’re encouraging members of the openSUSE community to get involved as well, either by working on their own Hack Week projects, or by collaborating with Novell developers to create or enhance open source projects. To post your ideas or see what others are working on, visit ideas.opensuse.org. We’ll have awards for several Hack Week projects, including best overall project, and the coveted First Penguin Award.

As part of the effort to expand Hack Week outside of Novell, we’re bringing several community members to Novell offices to work with Novell developers on HW3 projects, and we’ll be hosting a Hack Week room at the Utah Open Source Conference next week, August 28 through August 30. For questions or comments on Hack Week, please contact Andreas Jaeger.

Announcing Hack Week III

August 7th, 2008 by

Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week — and we want you to be in on it! Hack Week III (HW3) runs from August 25th through August 29th.

What’s Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell’s developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties. This helps provide an opportunity for Novell’s developers to work on innovative new projects they might not normally be able to work on. Since most of the projects developed during Hack Week are open source, this also benefits the community by providing new code.

During Hack Week, developers can work on any project of interest. So far Hack Week has spawned a number of impressive projects and improvements, such as Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, Tasque, Giver, and many others.

For HW3, we’re encouraging members of the openSUSE community to get involved as well, either by working on their own Hack Week projects, or by collaborating with Novell developers to create or enhance open source projects.

We are sponsoring travel for a limited number of contributors. If you’re interested in working on a project in person, please contact Andreas Jaeger (aj@suse.de) by August 12th. We will also be announcing ways for community contributors to participate in Hack Week III remotely, stay tuned to news.opensuse.org and opensuse-announce for details.