A vision for HackIllinois as both an organization and event as it continues to grow while the hacking community enters a time of uncertainty. We present a pivoted event to mitigate some of the current major issues with hackathons and a roadmap that will allow HackIllinois as an organization to be more effective in putting on extremely successful events and engaging both the local and greater hacking community. If properly executed, this will propel HackIllinois to becoming a thought leader in the hackathon domain as well as start to shift the hacking culture to a more sustainable set of values. We introduce a new event ethos, a new organization structure and two new initiatives: HackNights, and OpenHackathon as parts of the roadmap to this goal.
Arbor - Designing To Be Replaced
We introduce a novel framework for creating unified application/programmer interface (API) layers for the microservice architecture. We show that because of this new framework called Arbor, we are able to allow a whole new class of developers to create infrastructure in the microservice paradigm and in particular allow for high churn development groups (college groups for instance) to continually update their software infrastructure, without significant additional documentation and refactoring.
Weave DSL - A DSL for IoT Device specification
A DSL made by Nest Labs to easily develop end-to-end IoT services