At past Quick Left hackfests, developers, designers and other technophiles were given three hours to build the likes of Arduino-powered devices, collaborative web apps and an e-mail card game.
For tonight’s hackfest — which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Quick Left’s headquarters — it’s the guts of the process that matter.
Quick Left is hosting a Rube Goldberg Hackfest, where participants will complete a simple task in extremely complex ways. The hackers will be able to get their hands on some hardware and some proprietary code from the event’s sponsors to add some unique twists to their virtual Rube Goldberg machines, said Rachel Scott, the software engineering firm’s spokeswoman.
“They’ll start and end with the same task,” she said. “What happens in between could be a million different things.”
(Some of my favorite non-virtual examples of Rube Goldberg-type machines from popular culture include: Mikey Walsh’s fence gate opener, ‘Doc’ Brown’s breakfast machines, and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” music video.)
About 85 people have signed up for tonight’s hackfest and more than a dozen tickets remain for participants. Others are welcome to come by Quick Left’s 902 Pearl St. headquarters to watch the free event, Scott said.
Quick Left started the hackfest to unite the development and startup communities. To further bring people together, Quick Left alternates the hackfest on a monthly basis with networking events.
Next month, Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor will present information from their new book, “The Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving a Relationship with an Entrepreneur.” The free event is sold out; however, Quick Left passed along a special code to me to give to two people.
If you want to go, follow @LaunchBoulder on Twitter and then tweet: “Hey, @LaunchBoulder, hook me up with a ticket to @QuickLeft’s April 25 event.”