Students were encouraged to 'Hack Bristol' at an event in the Computer Science Department in March. Participants created their hacks, creative solutions to programming or hardware challenges, in teams for a programming marathon over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of March.
Prizes were offered in a number of categories, designed to encompass just about anything that students might want to try: the event was intended to encourage experimentation and sharing of ideas. During both days, participants were based in the labs and open areas of the Merchant Venturer's Building.
After two days of work, the teams came together for a talk from David Levy, Chief Technologist at Sun Microsystems Europe, who spoke about the reasons that free software was both possible and desirable. Then all the teams demonstrated their projects, and the judges decided on the winners. In the end, two projects were chosen: Team Bluelock won with the bluetooth project:
Team CODERS won with the face recognition project:
Hack Bristol was made possible by support from Research Machines, Distribution Technology and Compass Computer Consultants.