This Friday and Saturday the SpotOn London Conference (http://www.nature.com/spoton/event/spoton-london2013/?) will take place at the British Library in London. I am very excited, as I have come to this conference since the first one in 2008 (https://twitter.com/McDawg/status/397068628102610945?), and have helped organize the event since 2009. The conference is about science communication in the broadest sense, and has three strands that focus on science communication, science policy and tools. Equally important as the sessions are of course the many highly engaging informal discussions of the 250 participants that take place between and after the sessions.
SpotOn London sessions are also more conversations than presentations, as they usually have 2-4 panelists with ample time for discussion with the audience. I will take part in two panels:
I will summarize my thoughts regarding the altmetrics session in another post, but want to talk about the first session in more detail. According to the English Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon?)
A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.
It is too bad that we will have no hackathon at year’s SpotOn London for logistical reasons, but the session is a great opportunity to reflect on the value of science hackdays. It is clear that hackdays for scientific software have become popular, with almost too many opportunities to participate.