Hack and Snack
Hack+snack is a weekly event at Virginia Tech hosted by the Crowd Lab, the Center for HCI, and ICAT. Dr. Luther launched the hack+snack in early 2015, and it’s been running ever since. Come hack and snack with us!
Please contact the Hack+snack Coordinator, Melanie Trammell, with any questions, or visit during her office hours at Hack+snack from 2pm – 4pm.
Every Friday, starting at 2pm, we gather in the Learning Studio of the beautiful Moss Arts Center. Anyone interested in HCI — students, faculty, staff, and friends — is welcome. For the first couple hours, we “hack,” a loose term for any type of focused work: programming, writing, designing, analyzing data, etc. We recommend picking a concrete task that you can start and finish while you’re there.
Faculty and TAs also use the hack+snack as a place to hold their office hours. It’s often faster and more convenient for students to get answers when so much diverse HCI knowledge is co-located around them. The room has whiteboards, reconfigurable furniture, wifi, and lots of outlets.
After the hack winds down around 4-5pm, we move on to the “snack” portion of the event. We’ll head over to a nearby restaurant — often the Blacksburg Taphouse, walking distance from Moss Arts — for a happy hour, with free appetizers courtesy of CHCI. Grab a drink or stay for dinner.
The idea behind hack+snack is to foster community and productivity among members of the HCI (human-computer interaction) community at Virginia Tech. Everyone is busy, so this event is not intended to compete with other calendar obligations. Instead, it’s an environment and an excuse to do work you already planned to do.
Since HCI is interdisciplinary, we’re scattered across different departments and buildings on campus. This event brings us together physically and regularly to get things done and enjoy informal socializing.
On the third Friday of each month the CHCI organizes the Playdate (8:30-9:30 am, as usual) held in the MAC/ICAT Learning Studio (Room 253). This Playdate features CHCI research. The speaker(s), title and abstract of the talk, and related information for each CHCI ICAT Playdate is advertised on the CHCI calendar.