Many of us join the game as spectators, but a group of web designers and programmers decided to stay together in the centre of London to participate App making marathon called Londinium MMXII Hackathon.
“Hackathon” is the combination of “Hack” + “Marathon”. "Hack" does not mean attacking the Olympics website, but means to make some "Cool Apps", such as data visualisation, geo mashup, games, and even some gadgets. Since this is called "Marathon", these technologist gather for a whole weekend, and some of them stays over the venue with sleeping bags to work on their apps in a theme of London and summer of sports.
You may ask "why do you do this?" Makoto Inoue, the organiser of the event, says "Many passionate web designers and programmers tend to work on their own pet projects during evening and weekend to shoehorn their skills, create next startup ideas, or just to have fun. Hackathon is a great opportunity to meet these like minded people and work together. In addition, the world's eye is on the game, so your app may get special attention if you make something interesting".
The hackathon took place on 28th and 29th of July at http://centralworking.com near Tottenham Court Road in London.
Let's see how it went.