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NAM Hack Day 2014

We’re excited to say that this year NAM is running it’s very first Hack Day! In just a single day we’re looking to prototype ideas that mix technology, data, science and communication in new and interesting ways. Perhaps you have an idea about how to combine multiple astronomical datasets, or want to build better plotting library for researchers ? Do you need to visualise a dataset, or do you have a brilliant and innovative idea for communicating astronomy online? Whatever your interests bring your laptop, enthusiasm and ideas to the NAM Hack Day on Wednesday 25th June.

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Where: Park Building, University of Portsmouth (
When: Wednesday 25th June, 9am - 5pm
What: Hacking on datasets, astronomy, publishing?
Who: Brought to you by the NAM LOC, the .Astronomy community, GitHub and more.

If you don't know what a hack day is then take a look at these resources:

Preliminary schedule

09:00 Arrivals/coffee/snacks
09:15 Welcome talk
09:30 60 second pitches - participants present their idea in 60 seconds (or less)
10:00 Hacking begins!
13:00 Lunch and 60 second updates from hack teams
16:30 Presentation of results
17:00 Post-hack socialising (pub?)

Note: participants are free to jump in and out of the hack day and to switch projects. There are no obligations!

The Hacks!

Add your hacks here by requesting an account on this Wiki from and add your summary and links here. Images, repos, live demos are all encouraged!

Cup Orrery (or how I learned to stop coding and love making an exoplanet detector with littleBits) by Edward Gomez and Robert Simpson File:IMG 2376.jpg Made of two parts. First, a littleBits orrey consisting of an LED 'star' and rotating cup planet system. Then a light sensor attached to a digital readout and an optional sound readout too. Blog post to follow soon - will put link here.

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