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Storm Hack 2014 – Rube Goldberg Machine Hack

Saturday 1st February
9.00am – 7.00pm

Please join us at Storm for a hack day with a difference. The aim is to build a Rube Goldberg machine, (a machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated and over-engineered way).

The challenge is to send a tweet in the most complicated way possible.

For the hack day we would like to invite teams of three to code and build a sequence of events to achieve a simple task. The more imaginative and wacky the better.

At the end of the day, each team will be given the opportunity to present their chain of events.

Points will be awarded for:

  • Completing the chain of events;
  • Number of steps taken. More steps = more points;
  • Using a method no one else has;
  • Physical movements.

A prize will be awarded to the winning team.

There is just one rule:

  • You can plan and use libraries, but please do not write any code before the hack day.

Food and drink will be provided throughout the day to all participants. We only have space for 6 teams so book quickly, places are on a first come, first served basis.

The hack day will be held at Storm Consultancy, 14 New Bond Street, Bath, BA1 1BE.

With after party drinks in a local bar/pub provided by our very lovely sponsor  Mailjet.

Map –

Please email Hannah with the names and contact details of all three team members if you would like to take part,

Examples of manual Rube Goldberg machines:


We are very pleased to announce that the hack day now has two new sponsors. So, thank you to Mailjet and FreeAgent.