lessons learned from hackfests

Thorsten Behrens thb at documentfoundation.org
Sun Oct 25 15:59:02 PDT 2015

Riccardo Magliocchetti wrote:
> Given such a short time frame how is this time better spent from
> your own experience?
Hi Riccardo,

as others said, try to push as much deliberation/setup/preps in front
of the event. TDF provides a number of cloud VMs with a pre-built
libreoffice for hackfests, so don't waste time with that during the
event. Try to have them pre-select an Easy Hack beforehand, or pick
one for them if you have an idea about their skill sets.

For keeping people involved, of course a working libreoffice compile
on their laptops is sortof nice, so this could be something to do in
the background while working on the cloud instances. Don't expect all
builds to be finished after 4 hours though...

> What do you think is more important to tackle?  helping people
> getting setting up their machines, explaining libo tools /
> development, going straight to easy hacks or something else?
The gratification of having an Easy Hack submitted to gerrit & merged
is hard to beat. I'd go with that.

My 2 cents at least,

-- Thorsten
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