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Kivy hackathon in paris

Last week saw the first 24h hackathon
event

entirely dedicated to Kivy happening, in Paris. It was initiated by
a hightly motivated student of the Cifacom school in paris, David Scheck, and
attended by 4 groups of students, each with 3 to 5 members. I was pleased to
share the hard task to help students discover the technology with my colleague
Julien Miotte, from Majerti during the event.

The student weren’t very familiar with Python, and totally new to
kivy, so it was a really challenging situation for both the student and the
framework, would they be able to achieve anything in the hard limit of 24
hours?

First, after the students brainstormed on their project ideas, we got them
through the major concepts and important classes of Kivy, using the Getting
started
page, it’s hard to get the point
of properties accross in
10 minutes to student that didn’t have experienced the need of them, but I
tried to at least make them aware it would be useful. The kv
language presentation at this point, even if rudimentary, was probably useful,
as we will see later.

Then students went on to try to build their project, except for a few quickly
solved issues with windows installation, the starting was smooth. Julien and I
gave some more explanations about how to start building a basic App (the doc is
there, but who reads the
doc? ;)) and people started designing their interface, and build the core of
their application.

Eat Smart

One of the most required feature was certainly the use of multiple screens in
an application, to build menu, so the use of
ScreenManager was
explained to at least two groups. Most of the end results consisted of
interfaces done mainly in Kv, and some internal logic to display data, most
group had a quite ambitious target, using geolocalisation, databases, complex
interactions, and I wasn’t very optimistic on the odds of seeing them
completed. Although I was right in that, I was still happy of the good designs
they came up with, applications were incomplete (to a notable exception, will
come back to that soon), but some interfaces were beautiful, reactive and
engaging, so it was nice to see the magic happen in such a short time.

Floor2be

One group had a very different objective of the others, and although they had a
difficult start, it turns out they were probably the best at teamwork, and had
chosen a target they could actually achieve, a game! These motivated
coders/artists came up with a classic 2D sidescroller, when the main character
has to avoid elements on her way. Simple, to the point, and a quite a good
realisation in such a short time, the fact that they created original artworks
and integrated them in their game, and that the general theme had a nice touch
of humour in the current political events in France certainly hearned them
points, on top of having a completed project. They even could test it on
Android during the competition time, and it was running perfectly. Their hard
work earned them the right to run in a bigger international competition in the
near future the angel hack in paris, next month, congratulation! I can only
hope they’ll chose kivy as their secret weapon in this competion too.

The BoutinRun team at work

I would love to have better pictures, but i didn’t think much of taking them during
the event, I should have better ones soon.

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Kivy hackathon in paris

Last week saw the first 24h hackathon
event
entirely dedicated to Kivy happening, in Paris. It was initiated by
a hightly motivated student of the Cifacom school in paris, David Scheck, and
attended by 4 groups of students, each with 3 to 5 m… Continue reading

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