Today was the Spectra Hackathon. Originally, I was slated to code with a friend from Hackbright and two women who are graduate students in CS at a local college. However, once I saw the classes being offered I really wanted to take the classes; plus, our group had not done any planning for the hackathon. Thankfully, there were two girls who wanted to join our team, so my change of mind worked out as the maximum team size was five.
The first class was how to make an iPhone app using Swift. We made a very simple timer app:
The final class was about wearables! I was so excited to finally play with hardware, which I had never done before because I was scared it was complex and dangerous – electricity and tools can harm. Thankfully, the instructor was patient, well-prepared and worked with us, such that we all felt confident in trying. We used conductive thread and sewed an LED onto a felt patch, which was powered by a battery. Since I stayed late, I also got a SquareWear microcontroller board, which can be used to connect a wearable to a computer. Then, using Ardunio, it can be programmed to perform certain tasks. The whole thing was eye-opening and I want to play with this more too!