Splat Space, a new technology-focused non-profit in Downtown Durham, will be hosting an open technology "hackathon" featuring a world-wide cupcake challenge at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 15th. This event is open to the public.
The hackathon will include a full day of collaboration and innovation amongst anyone interested in electronics, computers, crafts, or even cupcakes!
As part of the hackathon, Splat Space will be participating in a Cupcake Challenge sponsored by the global makerspace and hackerspace movement at hackerspaces.org. This movement unifies and promotes physical locations, like Durham’s Splat Space, to form and exist as hubs of technology and creativity worldwide. There are hackerspaces and makerspaces all over the world, from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Durham opened its own makerspace, Splat Space, in September of 2010.
For the Cupcake Challenge, all the hackerspaces and makerspaces in the world have been challenged to ship a cupcake over 1,000 miles to another hackerspace. The goal of the challenge is for the cupcake to arrive in delicious and pristine condition. The cupcake must adhere to a strict set of challenge rules and will be judged by the receiving hackerspace based on creativity, quality, taste, appearance, and condition.
In addition to points accrued for judging criteria, additional challenge points are awarded for the distance the cupcake travels. Splat Space members will be sending their cupcake to a hackerspace in Tokyo, Japan, approximately 7,000 miles away. According to Splat Space members, everyone has been hard at work devising a plan to best stabilize, bake, and decorate a cupcake that will truly wow their friends in Tokyo. More information on the challenge can be found on their website at http://splatspace.org.
According to SplatSpace.org, Splat Space is a "work, play, and hobby space where people with common interests, primarily in technology, can meet to socialize and collaborate." Splat Space boasts a membership of some of the Triangle's most creative, technology-minded professionals and hobbyists.
Splat Space is located at 331 W. Main St. in Downtown Durham below Beyu Caffe in the historic Snow Building.