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First United Methodist Church - please come through the entrance on 18th street

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  • Saturday
    Sep 12 2015
    Hackathon for Bike Fun Calendar

    Shakespeare said, to == be || to != be; but that is not the question we will address. Whether ’tis nobler for us to implement an outrageously cool feature or take arms against a sea of bugs, the question we will address is, “What happens when a whole bunch of techies go WILD on source code that helps people to have fun and bike?”

    Of course, we are talking about the Shift Calendar. For those of you that don’t know, Portland is a leader among North American cities in that it has this website that crowdsources bike social rides and allows anybody to find them. The Shift Calendar is used to organize Pedalpalooza and many other fun bike events throughout the year, and other cities are using its source code to make their own! However, the source code for the Shift Calendar is somewhat stuck in 2008. The developer who created and has been maintaining it hasn’t had time to make significant improvements. Today, the site gets between 7,000 to 30,000 unique visitors per month. It plays an important role for the bike community, but has lost visitors over the years.

    At this event, Techies on Bikes will come to the rescue and help bring the Shift Calendar into 2015!

    Schedule of events

    8:45 AM -9:15 AM: Registration, coffee, breakfast

    9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Introduction

    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Hack Session 1

    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch & bike ride (we will provide food; you will be participating in this ride that goes over the new Tilikum bridge called "Orange Line Adventure")

    1:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Hack Session 2

    2:30PM - 2:45PM: Break

    2:45PM - 4:00PM: Hack Session 3

    4:00PM - 4:15PM: Break

    4:15PM - 5:00PM: Discussion on where we go from here


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    '> hackathon(you, HTML5);

    people can now find fun rides using phone while at breweries, grandma’s house, community gardens growing organic cabbage, and other places with cell reception

    '> hackathon(you, copywriting skills);

    your clever words engage, inspire, and enlighten

    '> hackathon(you, php, javascript);

    notifications of new rides and activities

    '> hackathon(you, Facebook API);

    can invite friends to rides and spy on them

    We abide by a Code of Conduct


    Where can I see the Shift Calendar? http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/

    Where is the source code for Shift Calendar? https://github.com/ShiftGithub/shiftcal/

    Why doesn’t Shift Calendar just use Calagator? Calagator is written in Ruby. Shift relies on volunteer webmasters that do not know Ruby and won’t be able to maintain the site if it’s changed over to Ruby. Moreover, when deciding to attend social bike rides, people consider length of route, friends also attending, and other factors that may not be relevant to tech events.

    Who is going to review pull requests on the source code? Shift’s webmasters

    I want to volunteer for this event. How do I get involved? Please send a message to One Hwang : http://www.meetup.com/Techies-On-Bikes/members/184089389/