DuckDuckHack – Global Quack and Hack 2

 

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On 30th January, 2016 we had our 2nd global Quack and Hack meet-up. This meet-up was special to me because I got an opportunity to be a co-host. I should thank Abdul, DuckDuckGo community leader for giving me this opportunity.
It is great pleasure to be a host for this meet-up.

Daniel, the community manager of DuckDuckGo joined us over a video conference. He gave us some insights about the Global Quack and Hack meet-up which is happening at different parts of the world.

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That’s Daniel on big screen.

After speaking with Daniel, I asked all participants to join our slack group.

I showed them the various features of DuckDuckGo search engine – instant answers, bangs, changing the UI theme, etc. I spoke about various ways to contribute to the DuckDuckGo’s open source platforms.

I gave a demonstration on how to build instant answers.

I tried to make them understand the code base of zeroclickinfo-goodies repository.
We were concentrating more on cheat sheets since it is good to start with for beginners, easy and can be finished in quick time.

Then we followed the documentation to set up the development environment. They didn’t faced any difficulties in doing this. Most of them were on Linux based OS.

Few of the participants were new to open source. They created an account on Github, forked the zeroclickinfo-goodies repository and cloned it.

Just to build confidence within themselves I made them to run the duckpan server on codio and test the existing instant answers on the local server. They were happy to see those search queries giving instant results.

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Few of them selected ideas from the Instant Answers Ideas forum, few came up with their own ideas.
They started to hack on their ideas. I used to keep helping them whenever they find difficulties. Hemanth, another co-host joined the meet-up.

We took a break for lunch, had some yummy pizzas, sodas, chat with others, all these were fun. πŸ˜‰

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By this time few of them were almost done with building their instant answers, they just needed to send the pull request.

All were new to git too. I and Hemanth, helped participants to configure git in their systems and thought them few basics of it.

Few were successful in sending the pull requests. It was really nice to see people making their first contribution to open source by building instant answers.

Thanks to Galaxy and Mozilla Bangalore community for providing their community space to host this event.

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Happy to help more and more people to contribute to open source and DuckDuckGo anytime in future. πŸ™‚

Mistakes :

– We couldn’t watch these video collection. 😦
The blog post was published just few hours before the event. I’m missed to read this post, read after the event. My bad. 😦

– We started our event at 12.30 p.m IST, I felt if we had started by morning we could have stretched the duration till evening.

Issues faced :

– Few couldn’t send the pull requests though they had completed building instant answers. This is because more time was spent in configure git on their systems and explaining how git works. So, at the end we didn’t had enough time to complete it, we had to wind up.

What we can do for next event ?

– We could automate the process of sending invite link to subscriber to slack group. Similar to this.

– Need to do some more promotion of the event so that we can more crowd.

Totally, this meet-up was great fun and taught me new things. πŸ™‚

You can read about my post on 1st Global Quack and Hack meet-up here.

See you at next meet-up, until then happy quacking! πŸ˜€

#Quack #Quack

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