The WID community gathers daily at 3 p.m. to take a break, caffeinate and converse. Buzz Tea @ 3 is a monthly series that gathers perspectives on different topics focused on ideas and research. The institute’s Twitter followers can also chime in by replying to @WIDiscovery, posting on its Facebook page or emailing us.
We’re kicking off the 2013 Humanities Hackathon short course with a question about our community’s perceptions of hacking.
Responses from Tea
“Creatively and inelegantly solving an unsolvable problem.”
“Inspired cooking is the ultimate hack.”
“Banging my head against the proverbial wall until it works!”
“Free Internet! (in multiple ways)”
“Modifying an idea or object to achieve something useful or new.”
“Activating the door locks in Jurassic Park.”
“Putting something new into something that exists or taking something out [that leads to] changing function.”
“Gaining access to a system for which you have no authorization, then manipulating it to your own purposes.”
“Writing badly-designed one-way code that works for a specific problem, but can’t be used for closely related problems, and is so badly written, even the author can’t understand what is does months later.”