24hr Hack-a-Thon FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is "the PURGG project"?

"The P.U.R.G.G. project" is a group of volunteers with a range of skills and experiences related to technology, coding, design, and making. We are students, professionals, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs. We all are passionate about learning and building on our skill sets and we also are dedicated to applying our skills to impact real world challenges in our local communities. 


We have identified a decades long challenge for the youth of Baltimore, in the lack of constructive, 21st century skills focused activities that are actually attractive to young people. We are developing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) focused "Edu-Tainment", merging the coolest new tech into new activities that can be deployed throughout the community to inform and excite young people about the new opportunities in STEAM for themselves and for their communities.


What is a Hack-A-Thon?    ˈhakəˌTHän/

  1. An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

  2. A Hack-a-Thon (also known as a Hack Day, Hackfest or Codefest) is an often sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects.

What is "TiccTagGoGo"?

#TiccTagGoGo is a unique multiplayer game we've developed with both Physical and Digital features incorporated into both the game play and the design of the physical game. We are prototyping a tabletop version of the game as well as a 4' tall "Life Sized" version of the game. Both versions of the game are under continuous development at our weekly PURGG meetups, and the goals of that development process are our guidelines for the various activity tracks during this 24hr Hack-a-Thon.


What will we be doing at the upcoming 24hr Hackathon?  What are the activity tracks?

There will be 7 activity tracks; put yourself in whichever group you want to give your skills...

  1. Writing & Testing Code:  Java , Python

  2. Programming Raspberry Pi, and Circuit Playground (Bluetooth) micro-controllers

  3. Game Design & Testing Gameplay

  4. Sensors, QR Codes, & Open MV Camera (object recognition)

  5. Design & Physical Construction

  6. Digital Design, Animation, Art, & Graphics

  7. Exploring Augmented Reality & Robotics


*Click here for a full itinerary of the event


What are the age limits for participants?

18 & up.

What does 24hrs mean? Are we spending the night there?

Yes; our group has access to the space for a continuous 24 hr period. The teams will organically form around specific tasks and skill sets. Teams will be collaborating for the entire time...endurance is key!


There will be a lock-in @ 1am to prevent in and out traffic.

What does the facility look like? Is it comfortable enough to spend 24 hours there?

There is a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and Hacker Fuel (energy drinks, water, snacks). You may bring your own snacks/food if you wish, but dinner, breakfast & lunch will be onsite and free for all registrants.


If you have specific dietary restrictions please email us the details so we can work to accomodate your needs, and put a note in the registration to make sure we know to look for it.


Directions to the Facility: 


We'll be at 1100 Wicomico Street. Situated in the east of Pigtown, the building where the Hack-a-Thon will happen sits north of 95 with a view of the Horseshoe Casino. A Google Maps link will be given to you upon registration. We'll be in suite 330.


Parking is on the street.

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