IBM’s hackday*6

Well, today was IBM’s 6th Hackday event. Since I first wrote about Yahoo’s Hack Day events first here and then on my internal blog in June 2006 and wondered if IBM could do the same, some of the neatest people I know in IBM have banded together and organized 6 (count ’em, SIX) grass-roots Hack Day events in 3 years, each one bigger than the last. And it is by far one of the coolest things I’ve ever been fortunate enough to be involved with.

It started in IBM’s internal blogosphere, where I first “met” so many wonderful people I would have never have had the opportunity of interacting with in just the “day job”. Folks from all parts of the IBM business: hardware, software and services; and all over the globe. People who share a common passion for web 2.0 and all things new and shiny. And boy, are these people wicked smaht. And they like to innovate. Shake things up. Push the envelope.

So we did. 🙂

In two weeks, in a totally spontaneous outpouring of innovation, we had our first Hack Day. We didn’t ask permission. We didn’t form a working group to explore the idea of attempting to try to maybe put on a Hack Day if they let us. We spread the word virally, over Blog Central. We cobbled together a rudimentary registration site. And we had hackers from all over the globe. It was GREAT fun..

And today was hackday*6. Robi and Rooney pulled together another wonderful Hack Day, organizing a ragtag (hi, Karl!) band of volunteers that grows larger every year. We had more local events than ever before, in North America, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, Holland, Hursley (UK), Ireland, Germany, india, yes, and I’m SURE I’ve missed a few.

Thank you to EVERYONE who took time out of their busy schedules to help make Hack Day a reality.

Honestly, you people rock. Thanks for letting me play. 🙂

Pictures from IBM’s hackdays all over the globe can be found on Flickr.

For more on Hack Day, feel free to browse the Hack Day archive. It’s great bathroom reading. 🙂

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