4:AM Hack Day/ Do-Athon


All are welcome to the 4:AM Hack Day, which will take place at Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) (Room 508, 341 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1, Canada) on Friday 29 September. The Hack Day/Do-Athon is free to attend, but spaces are limited. To register please visit the 4:AM registration page.

If you’ve got an idea you’d like to explore further we’d love you to come along! Technical and non-technical people will work together through the day to experiment with building new tools and analysing data in different ways. Ideas and problems looking for a solution (and solutions looking for a problem…) are every bit as welcome as coders

Every year, the Altmetrics Conference generates loads of brilliant ideas! These ideas usually range from apps to analysis to advocacy.

At this year’s conference, we’d like to see the altmetrics community come together–coder, researcher, and activist alike–for a day of collaboration to advance the field. That’s why we’re reorienting this year’s “Hack Day” to become a “Do-a-thon” (scheduled for 29 September 2017), in which all are invited to participate! We especially encourage the non-technical altmetrics community to join this year’s Do-a-thon, as they can lend important expertise and person-power to code-oriented teams. Moreover, there are heaps of great ideas for both research and advocacy that will surely be proposed and in need of exploration by the end of the conference! So come along, even if you’ve never been to a hackathon.

The day’s format will be familiar to those who have participated in hackathons before:

  1. We’ll begin the day with a pitch session for altmetrics-related ideas that can be tackled in a day (e.g. “Create a prototype that retweets academic papers about bananas” or “Create a slide deck that explains altmetrics to beginners”);
  2. Participants will form teams around ideas they would like to work on;
  3. Teams will have a day’s worth of unstructured work time to hash out their code, projects, research ideas, etc; and finally,
  4. We’ll reconvene during the last hour to share each team’s progress and celebrate the advancements we’ve all made in one short day!

Refreshments (including lunch) will be provided and an overview of the day’s timings is below:


Timing Session Speaker/Coordinator
09:30-10:30 Introduction to the Day; pitching of ideas and creation of work groups Coordinated by Joe Wass and Stacey Konkiel
10:30-11:00 Tea and Coffee Break
11:00-13:00 Working Groups Informal working
13:00-13:45 Lunch for all
13:45-15:15 Working Groups Informal working
15:15-15:30 Tea and Coffee Break
15:30-16:30 Feedback to all participants Coordinated by Joe Wass and Stacey Konkiel

To register please visit the 4:AM registration page.