To celebrate the Europe Code Week 2015
Hacklab Mikkeli organized its own event in Mikkeli. Our event was built
from bunch of different sub-events. The major event was Internet of
Things Hackathon which describes itself with its name. Other events
included planning and luckily also starting local Koodikerho activity, 3D modelling and printing workshop, API:Suomi meeting which lead to starting API Meetup community to Mikkeli, and last but not least Open Finland Challenge workshop.
Hacklab Mikkeli had a possibility to host a checkpoint in Digital
City Adventure 2015. Of course we accepted the challenge and did our
best making the checkpoint a nice experience for all participants.
Digital City Adventure is a 24-hour event where the whole city of
Mikkeli turns into a digital playfield. Participants explore the city
and solve puzzles at the checkpoints using their own mobile devices. For
more information see Digital City Adventure site.
We opened our checkpoint same the game began. Within first ten
minutes participants started arriving. First it looked like we can
handle the situation easily. We could even count the visitors. We could
instruct the visitors making a protective gear against harmful
After first hour things changed. The hacklab was totally crowded. All
90 meters of tin foil was used. No more protection. In total we counted
210 visitors. Real figure is something like ±50. In any case lots of
nice people, lots of them interested in hacklab activity. We hope to see
them again on open Thursdays!
Part of our checkpoint was this weird gizmo. Something the Digital
City Adventure participants had to solve to get full points from our
checkpoint. First they had to access our local network by using social
Next they had to access web server – once again by using social
engineering for clues – to control lights. In certain combination the
lights made it possible to hear the correct code for the checkpoint. In
Hacklab Mikkeli’s late summer has been busy. We have been building programmable robots with 7th graders (see YLE News for details). We also spent one whole day at Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences on a Hobby Fair recruiting new members.