On Saturday, January 11, 2014, members of the Commotion team joined two other open source projects, Cupcake and Cryptocat, at the DC Internet Freedom Hack Day, hosted by CommunityRED and OpenITP at 1776 in Washington, DC. The focus of the hack day was to improve the user interface of these tools, which present unique design challenges. Activists, developers, security experts, journalists, designers and UI/UX specialists gathered to learn about Commotion, Cupcake and Cryptocat, and to work on discrete tasks to help make our projects better. Check out this Storify about the day from the Open Technology Institute.
The Commotion Wireless team was excited to bring our 1.0 release of Commotion Router to the event because it provided an opportunity to expose Commotion to people from a variety of backgrounds. We got great feedback on the user interface of Commotion Router and Commotion Website, suggestions on improving our Commotion Construction Kit, had Commotion put through some security testing, and refined ideas for our general communications about Commotion.
Norman and @wbend are putting the Commotion Construction Kit through its paces #dcnethack #commotion Events like the DC Internet Freedom Hack Day give our team opportunities to connect with other organizations as well. CommunityRED, OpenITP and 1776 were great hosts and brought out lots of new people from the community in DC and the internet freedom community broadly! Commotion learned a lot from the hack day and will be incorporating the ideas that were generated into our development and documentation.