Rational Client Support rocks the house at HackDay(+4)


Thrilled beyond measure and pleased as punch to report that one of Rational Client Support’s own has won top accolades for IBM’s HackDay(+4) with his HackDay entry.

Not sure how much of the details of the hack are externally consumable, so I’m not going to go into details. However, the details don’t matter.

HackDay(+4) had a record number of projects registered and a record number of participants. We had a number of local physical events held in conjunction with the virtual event. We had a live chat room for all the participants.

And as a result, my organization, for sure, has realized real value from participating in an unofficial grassroots innovation event.

How cool is THAT?!?!?!

We’ve come a long way from that moment in June 2006 when I first proposed such an event on IBM’s Blog Central.


I’m gonna hack me a book


Always wanted to write me a book. But too scared. Too paralyzed. What will I write about? How do I start? I don’t know HOW to write a book.

Then came NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Who knew?

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.


Sounds very much like the premise behind Hack Day. Unfettered innovation, only this time in a literary sense.

I’m SO going to try this. 🙂

Oh, and by the way, Hack Day(+4) is this Friday, October 26. I’ve got the room reserved, food laid in, and music lined up. I’m going to be running a blogging tutorial in the afternoon. I’ve got a hack lined up that will keep me busy for the rest of the day. So I’m almost over not getting to do Hack Night at CASCON and the blogging panel at ASIS&T. It would have meant being quadruple-booked anyway.