Saturday, November 10, 2012

Charity Hack Review

Writing on the train, formatting and publishing this post from #AngelHack

First Hack: BeMyApp with Tomasz Jureczko. We did it!

Next Hack: GoogleTV won with @nodisonaur and @fraserhardy_uk That was such a shock to win!

Another weekend: GameHack - giagantic TV studio venue. Then I realized to focus on JS entirely.

CharityHack - that was just by concidence! In 2011 I worked for Twisted Records, home of artists such as Shpongle and Hallucinogen. I knew I'm coming to London so I arranged with @pornelski to leave my suitcase. You are going to hackathon? Lovely, see you there :) So here we are, in a super hip mansion, in the heart of Richmond, one of the top premium London location...


  • I came first on stage to pitch idea.
  • Actually I was thinking about this some time now and honestly: I have no clear outlook.
  • They say it's a people not technology problem, what I know there is something on the case.
  • With no clear winner I titled the last slide "please help connect the dots".
  • I couldn't have received better feedback, this week on AngelHack I'll work on something else.


  • I really liked couple of projects and personalities.
  • I have immediately jumped into Twilio quiz game.
  • I'm a great fan of Twilio, I used their service do activate Google Voice by responding with DTFM codes: How to enable Goole Voice outside the US
  • Their API couldn't have been any simpler, the learning curve enables you to run "hello world" in no time.
  • Unfortunately there were no Three reception so debugging phone calls were not that easy :)


8:00pm 16 hours to go. I'm recording video, publishing to Youtube. This could be subject of another story, as two-step Google authentication don't like Youtube app on iOS 6.0.

9:00pm video uploaded, on my way to Twistival... I don't really like the word "party" - with people coming from US, Japan, Australia it's more like a intergalactic summit than just a "party".

10:30pm So I'm there... Disposable throw-away laptop, 32GB Go Pro with external battery. People were staring at my buffet, it must have been a funny view: everyone slighly more than tipsy and me trying to connect to WiFi. Dropping internet connection. So no live streaming on this occassion.

6:00am End of the event.

7:00am First DLR

8:30am Back in Richmond.

Final stretch

7:00pm Google Campus. Flashing WRT. Detailed tutorials, my mental juices drained, viva la powernap!

10:00pm Hackspace. Following the rule number zero I'm not on fire.

12:00pm Catching some sleep.

6:45am train to Cambridge, writing this post.

8:30am almost at home.

9:30am Breakfast, shower, ready for yet another productive week at work!


Now, one week later I'm also on the train... 
What happens next - depends on you :)

If you noticed a few boxes this is because I'm jumping off the cliff and moving to London:

You can call me Accessibility Consultant. Last 6 months I was working on screenreaders, high-contrast mode, keyboard navigation, focus management and basically making all the front-end stuff more accessible to the users.

1 second faster load → 7% rise of conversions! 
(I can clearly sell these skills, I can simply show you money)


  1. Charity Office Space From The Clare Foundation - Providing flexible, serviced office space at significantly reduced rates with a 'not for profit' basis.

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  3. Thank you for sharing, it’s can sound like a cliché but your experience is really inspiring. Not so long ago I started learning programming. I tried a lot of different language, but most of all a liked python and JavaScript. Yes, I know they are incredibly different but IMO they are the best. Hope I will be good in programing fast, because nowadays prices of are frighten me.