Quack and Hack – Bangalore Meetup

Hola. πŸ™‚
This is a short blog post on our 1st Quack and Hack DuckDuckGo meet-up just to keep track of the progress.

I’m a big fan of Dax (mascot of DuckDuckGo). And that’s one of the reason why I’m writing this blog post. πŸ˜€


On May 12th, DuckDuckGo Community published a blog post, Hack your city – building a developers community all across the globe. They were looking for leaders from various regions to lead this meetup. I was excited by reading this, since it would help me to work together in group. πŸ™‚

On June 3rd, we had our 1st meetup at HasGeek House in Indranagar.

We had around 15 – 20 duckers( πŸ˜› ) at the place who very enthusiastic to know about DuckDuckGo. We started the session 6.00 – 6.30 p.m. Since most of them didn’t know much about DuckDuckGo, Bhibas showed us this video. This video highlights all the features of DuckDuckGo.


After this, Bhibas gave a live demo on how these instant works, showing examples like – who’s in space right now, reese’s cookie recipes, gimp cheat sheet etc. Few months ago even I had worked on an Instant Answer, this was the right time to show how it works and tell them it is easy to build instant answers on DuckDuckGo. An instant answer could be as simple as this – duckduckhack sagarhani, if you type duckduckhack followed by your GitHub user name it has to show like this :


Some of the other examples of instant answers – gravatar, 3 + 3, time new delhi,etc. This instant answer sunrise in Delhi was built by Bibhas.

After watching all this, we were curious to know how these are build ?

We visited this page – DuckDuckHack . This page give the complete details on how various types of instant answers are built. Bibhas explained each of these various types of instant answers like Goodie, Spice, Fathead, Longtail. Also, we checked it’s code on their GitHub repository. We make use of perl language to build these instant answers. We inspected the code of various instant answers which were available on GitHub repository. He also spoke about submitting ideas for instant answers to the community before start working on it.


Now, we knew how these instant answers are build. So, we wanted to start building instant answers. Before that, it was required to setup the development environment for it. This page helps in do it. Setting-up development environment took some time since we had a bandwidth issue. However, by the end of the session we were able to do it. Since we were ready to code, we decided to have our next meet-up in first week of July and create some cool instant answers and make the search engine better!

Oops! I missed out mentioning about something. πŸ˜›
Yes. Swags. πŸ™‚ DuckDuckGo provides cool swags like T-shirts and Stickers. Sadly, Bibhas was not able to get it. 😦 He said he would definitely get some for our next meet-up. πŸ˜›


So, do NOT miss our next next meet-up at any cost. Also, since next meet-up would be for longer duration we would getting snacks too. πŸ˜›

P.S : I like DuckDuckGo more than Google. I had designed this few weeks ago, so that people will start using DuckDuckGo. #goGLUGgo



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