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Wikipedia SF Hackathon! BERLIN HO!!!

I went to the Wikipedia SF Hackathon this weekend at Parisoma! Neil and I coded a phone gateway for the English Wikipedia on Twilio. You send it a text with your search query (like “Barak Obama” or “Seattle”) and it calls you back in a few seconds and reads you the entire text of the article. =D

CODE: https://github.com/judytuna/SMS-Wikipedia — it calls the Twilio API, in Ruby, using Sinatra, hosted on Heroku. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this if Twilio (the amazing Sasha is the best developer evangelist ever), Ruby (sfruby.info like woah), and Heroku (who sponsored one of my early wwcode-rails meetups, and also sponsors Blazing Cloud sponsorships!) didn’t have the community presence that they do. Seriously, I can’t believe I get to live in San Francisco where all of this is happening RIGHT NOW. Look at this technology! Look at what it’s enabling us to do!

Romy wrote super-comprehensive notes on our product and process and drew pictures here: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Hackathon_January_2012/Teams#Wikipedia_SMS_.2B_IVR_on_Twilio

On Thursday, I had gotten an email urging us to check out the project ideas, and came up with the SMS gateway idea and added it to the project page.

Why did I want to do this so badly?

  • I didn’t have a smartphone until December and always wished I could look stuff up on Wikipedia when I wasn’t near a computer.
  • When we get phone tree stuff working, this could be used by illiterate or blind people.
  • In areas where access to tech is low but phones (not smartphones) are ubiquitous, this could be a way for people to look stuff up on wikipedia. This is mind-blowing.

It was an amazing experience and I learned so much from Neil and our team won first place!!!!!! The prize: flight and hotel to another wikimedia hackathon. The next one will be in Berlin in May!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never been to Berlin! I’ve been to Europe once–London and York, with my high school choir, in 2000.

We have lots of ideas for the next steps of this app. I am considering setting up a kickstarter (as long as it’s okay with the wikimedia foundation??) to pay twilio for the app (actually I have no idea about this…)… It’s still in the “twilio sandbox” for now so I can’t show it to you yet (because your number has to be a “verified number” for MY twilio account in order for it to call you back I think). But I’m about to put my credit card info in so I’ll be able to show it off to the world soon.

The app definitely works =)

At the Hackathon, I REALLY enjoyed the PhoneGap demo. Tomasz and Yuvi showed us the Wikipedia app that they just pushed to the Android store last week, and guided us through adding a menu item. js! css! wow!!! I think the tutorial that they used would be ideal for a Railsbridge-style workshop (it starts with “how to get stuff installed” and it was surprisingly fast and easy).

So PhoneGapBridge is incoming. I’ll plan it 2 weeks off of a Railsbridge. =D

I’m learning so much. I met so many amazing, amazing people. I got interviewed by Wikimedia Foundation Storyteller Victor–how cool is his job title? I got my picture taken with leaves. I told him that I had serious class issues and loved online communities and want everyone to have access to information and nothing scares me more than loss of free speech and was generally completely incoherent but I kept banging on my knees the whole time because of HOW EXCITED I AM.

Judy with Leaves
I am a dork

I wondered where I’d seen Toki Wartooth Brandon and then realized this morning that it was the fundraising banners! I basically couldn’t believe I was there all weekend. They’re right here in San Francisco!

I told everybody who would listen about Lukas and Elsa’s Occupedia, which is an initiative to create meetups that encourage underrepresented groups to contribute to wikipedia. Lukas wrote about the first event and I showed everybody haha.

I fucking love wikipedia. I love the wikimedia foundation. I want more. I was talking to Daniel from Germany, who said “I want to see a separate mobile app for a different set of users — the ones that spend a lot of their idle time patrolling new edits. There should be an app that lets them to it easily at the bus stop.” PHONEGAP HOOOOOOOOO

Sumanah was amazing and kept things going and was crazy and enthusiastic and welcoming. I met Leslie, a network engineer, who knew someone else that I knew from Railsbridge. I talked to Danielle (women in tech!), Elizabeth (Android!), and Rosemarie (who I’d met at wwcode-rails!). Phil asked me how I was going to pay Twilio for it D: I learned about Microsoft’s bridges with open source from Ben and Doug and it was fascinating and I tried asking them about openkinect/k4w, but their department doesn’t interface with xbox stuff =) I met Rupa of CodeChix and there are machinations afoot.

AAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MUSE: san francisco, april 9, 2007

I don’t know where to start.

I’m an extrovert, a word which here means “one who only finds validation through other people who can understand her emotions,” so I’ve exploded all over forums and communities about the concert, but not in my own livejournal yet.

You can play “Where’s Judy?” with this picture from club six, though it is not alliteratively satisfying: http://live105.com/pages/347009.php?imageGalleryXRefId=135297

I’ll edit this post later with an indepth account. For now I just want to say, people went crazy over the video of the little jam Matt did on the kaoss pad. I got all upset because my video editing software messed up the cut and it ends early, so I uploaded a full version, but after the cut-off version already was linked everywhere and had 9 youtube honors. hahahahahaha

My videos:
soldier’s poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bid3o9IpI38
invincible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUFsSgVGGq8
kaoss jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_U4heFGlCM
stockholm syndrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCz5h3MzPjg

city of delusion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fM9GCWRYKM
plug in baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWDRqHTKA0Y
knights of cydonia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x32lp98Dgg (I fought with myself. I wanted a video that was semi-watchable, but … i had to jump. I HAD TO. I advise you close your eyes when the riff kicks in. hahaha.)

Anyway, other people got better videos than I did… better sound quality, less shaky, and you can actually see Matt jumping around like a demented pixie with his ridiculous scarf flouncing about, it’s fucking fantastic
hysteria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHsAKwAkrZ4
map of the problematique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJB-TuutsyU <–HE SKIPS DURING THE END RIFF HAHAHAHAHHH
take a bow AND hysteria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtCFAoB4OUI (good shots of the crowd, too!)
supermassive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EnI0DVaT68 <—kill me now, just kill me

The concert was amazing.

more here, and pics with immigrant: http://www.flickr.com/photos/judytuna/sets/72157600061484134/

I got home from club 6ix at about 3am. Immigrant played a set of about 5 songs. After a long break, Dom got on stage with equipped with a black ipod nano, Tom, and a big smile, and proceeded to play some songs for us. The front speakers cut out for a while, and Dom made frantic “?” gestures, and mimed spinning, and teased us by tapping Immigrant’s drumkit for a few moments (you could see him look at it and get drawn to it like a magnet during the downtime, it was so cute)… and when the sound came back up and he started playing a song he’d look at us and wave his arms about to get a reaction. At one point I was the only one around dancing and he looked straight at me and bopped his head and smiled. He’s really expressive. And really adorable. As far as I could tell, he wasn’t actually spinning anything… only playing songs off of his ipod, I think. I didn’t know any of the songs, either.

The crowd had thinned out considerably by the time he got on stage, and thinned out even more while they worked out the technical problems. Basically there were like 20 of us crowded around obnoxiously taking flash photos of him instead of dancing, which is kind of sad. Here they are laughing at us:

He hung out on the floor for a little while afterwards. I didn’t go up to him and say hi. I felt too shy all of a sudden =(

Oh, some of the people in the front row gave them small packages in cow-patterned paper. Bracelets?

More photos at my flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/judytuna/sets/72157600058411188/

Tonight was my first time at Club 6ix, first time in San Francisco by myself at night, and first time taking the all-nighter transbay bus home to the east bay. Now that I know the bus is so easy to take, I’m gonna go clubbing all the time…! I barted there (the club is on sixth (which is between civic center and powell stations), between mission and market), and took the 800 back. The 800 was free with my class pass and took about 50 minutes. It started raining when I got to Berkeley, so I just gave up and took a taxi from the downtown berkeley bart station to my house for $6. I had never taken a taxi in America before tonight.

Concert tomorrow! Today, rather! IN A FEW HOURS!!!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! HOW AM I EVER GOING TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP????