What is a hack day?

A hackday is best described as an intense piece of research and development resulting in software prototypes built over the course of one or two days.

Here at Rewired State we take a number of the UK’s most talented developers — we recommend no fewer than 10 and have run events with more than 100 — put them all in one big room with plenty of elastictrickery, internet, and coffee as they thrash out digital solutions to anything you choose to throw in their direction. At the end of the hack, this powerhouse of talent present a number of prototype applications/websites/widgets/visualisations that demonstrate a range of solutions.

The multitude of Rewired State developers will create solutions in 12 → 24 hours using their expertise in:

  • Software development
  • Smartphone/tablet/mobile app development
  • Bleedin’-edge web development
  • Games design
  • User eXperience geeks

Take a look at the wealth and diversity of prototypes made over the course of the last two years.

What’s the point of a hack day?

Read more about the aim of a hack day…

“Hack Days rock. They rock because when you get cool people in a room they do cool stuff. The essence of a Hack Day is achieving something remarkably amazing — awesome — in a very short period of time. When I organised the first UK Hack Day, Mashed 08 and the three Over The Air Hack Days (as well as corporate Hack Days at the BBC and at Lonely Planet) it always amazed me how much we achieved in such a short period of time — Hack Days are a pressure cooker for innovation — an intensified period of R&D that months of traditional work could not replicate.”

— Matthew Cashmore, Digital Development Director, Hachette