If you aren’t familiar with Boing Boing, an online magazine devoted to technology and culture, you should take a few minutes and click around their site (boingboing.net). Once you do, the concept of Boing Boing Ingenuity, a two-day hackathon and eccentric stage show being held in partnership with the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid from August 17-18 in San Francisco, will make a whole lot more sense.
The fun starts on Saturday, August 17, with a 12-hour marathon hack day at TechShop San Francisco. We’ve covered other hackathons in the past, and the basic concept of this one is the same: Enterprising programmers spending a long stretch of time working collaboratively on interesting projects.
The theme of the Boing Boing Ingenuity event is “data driven,” and programmers will be tackling the challenge of bridging the gap between car and driver to enhance the driving experience. The hackers will have a chance to use the Ford OpenXC platform – a new open-source hardware and software toolkit – that unlocks over 300 sets of live vehicle data points to help implement their most creative ideas.
If you’re not into hacking, don’t worry, because Boing Boing Ingenuity has a different type of programming planned on its second day, Sunday, August 18. In what is described as “vaudeville for Happy Mutants,” you’ll be able to watch presentations and performances by a wide variety of television personalities, scientists, authors, futurists and musicians.
Sound interesting? We sure think so. Have a look at boingboing.net to learn more and follow along!