After attending Hackference in Birmingham I had to find hosting for our lastest hack, SuperPirateBattleship, a bit of research later and I grabbed a VPS from Afterburst. This worked brilliantly and I happily recommend them!

However, I soon realised I had many projects in different locations and that it was time for me to bite the bullet and get myself a dedicated server.

My first idea was to get one of the OVH Kimisufi range, these were cheap and offered very decent specs for a low price. The cheapest had already sold out and reading the OVH forums showed that there were long delivery times on the remaining Kimisufi box's. I slowly came to the conclusion I should actually spend the extra and go for a server capable of running a virtulisation enviroment as it would give me far more scope for learning and a better spec to cost ratio. This brought me into the OVH mSP range, unfortunately these turned out to have two different prices depending on location (£40 in France or £60 US) and as is typical the cheapest had sold out.

A couple of weeks later I stumbled across Hetzner's server bidding, basically this is Hetzners way of recycling older hardware. A quick look through the listings yielded a perfect candidate:

  • CPU: 3.4Ghz - i7-3770
  • RAM: 16Gb DDR3
  • HDD: 2 x 3Tb

Costing €49 it was a little more than the OVH mSP but was about comparible spec wise, the bonus being there was no setup fee!

I ordered at around 8PM GMT and was asked to provide identification as it was my first purchase. I recieved the login deteails for the server at 9am the next morning which is a pretty impresive turnaround in my eyes for a brand new customer.

Event

the event was run at Boxxed in Birmingham. Boxxed proved to be a fantastic location to run a hack with loads of space for attendees to code and relax. It also proved useful for anyone using a Nodecopter as part of their hack.

Videos of the hacks can be seen here: #link#

Idea

After running through a few ideas we finally settled on making a twillio controlled game that would use soundcloud to generate the level. The theme would be pirates! We would use a tetris style falling block play area with the user dodging the falling blocks.

Team

  • Jon Hazan
  • Curtis Harding
  • Jake Price

API

Result

SoundCloud Prize - A trip to Berlin to visit SoundCloud HQ

Pusher Prize - A years free Startup level account

Site

SuperPirateBattleship.com

Idea

Our idea was to create a website that would faciliate the recycling of trade waste. This would be achived through the grouping of multiple smaller waste amounts across the local area to make teh waste more attractive and commercially viable to recyclers.

Team

  • Jon Hazan
  • Curtis Harding
  • Jake Price
  • Ellie Ford

API

Result

Second Place - Our prize was a guided tour of Ordanance Survey HQ in Southampton

Community Choice - For this we each won a microscope

Site

RecycleLink

Env[:hack] is the first hack day I have attended. Before now I didnt really know much about hack days or what they entailed. That all changed when my friend Mike emailed to say he had seen a hack day being run by Ordanacy Survey and the Enviroment Agency at the University of Bristol. As this is opposite where I current work I couldnt really say no!

The hack is part of a much larger drive by OS called GeoVation that is tasked with innovating ideas to improve the community through the use of geography.

Challenge

The main category was a simple open ended challenge to use the data provided, there were 3 advertised prizes:

  • Jury's Choice
  • People's Choice
  • Greenest Hack

There was also a mini challenge tied to Geovation using the theme:

"How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?"

Data/API's

Oranancy Survey

OS brought along many different map files

Enviroment Agency

On top of the normal datasets available on their websites the EA also provided had a large selection of additional data availible to the attending teams.

The Day

The day started badly with one member of our team being unable to attend, however while waiting for the day to start we met Ellie Ford a student of Bristol Uni who had been encouraged to come on her by a tutor. We quickly encouraged her to join our team and were back upto strength!