The Simple Way to Start a Hackergarten
- Contact a few people that might be interested.
- Find some Open Source committers and the smallest tickets/ideas to implement from their projects. Usually committers are short on personal time anyway and will love to find someone who is willing to help.
- Ask them to create a list of possible things to do in advance and publish it. Maybe have a theme for a night.
- Determine the preconditions (what is needed to code...) and publish them, so people are able to instal before.
- Find a place with wireless network. Most likely this is the office of a small company, e.g. Canoo or Sphinx. You might also find some pub with a separate room/wireless for no charge.
- Negotiate a proper date and time. At least for the first time. Then having a fixed time, e.g. first Tuesday each month is probably the best.
- Discuss the agenda for max. 15 minutes, do not discuss too long.
- Have food and drink ready so people do not have to leave for it.
What to Do
There have been all kinds of contributions made during a Hackergarten. Here are some general ideas what to do during a Hackergarten:
- Fixing an outstanding ticket (bug) in project X, submitting a patch.
- Writing Javadocs/doc pages for project Y.
- Building a plugin for project Z.
- Making screen casts showing how you can integrate W with Q.
- Writing a new feature for project P.
- Create a kata cast.