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Hacky Hour starts at CQU

QCIF eResearch Analyst Jason Bell has begun regular Hacky Hours at CQUniversity, alternating between online conferences and face-to-face sessions in Rockhampton.

Researchers can attend Hacky Hour to ask or answer research-related IT questions. Popular topics for discussion include high-performance computing, cloud computing, general programming, R, Python, data processing, data storage and data management.
 
CQU’s Hacky Hours will occur on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 2pm–3pm.
 
The face-to-face sessions will occur early each month at the Bird Cage Bar and Lounge at the Rockhampton North Campus.
 
The virtual sessions—which will appeal to researchers across CQU’s 16 campuses, spread nationwide—will generally take place mid-month (check the timetable.)
 
The first in-person Hacky Hour at the Bird Cage on 1 May involved two helpers—Jason and Amanda Flanders from CQU Library—and attracted three researchers with problems to solve.
 
The first researcher wanted assistance with connecting an HPC to his QRIScloud instance, which Jason, as an HPC expert, was able to help him with.
 
The second attendee turned up to see what was happening and expressed interest in becoming a Hacky Hour helper with expertise in visualisation.
 
The third researcher had questions about CQU’s research data management plans, which Amanda and Jason both addressed.
 
“I am reasonably happy with having five of us at the first Hacky Hour and hopefully as word spreads, we will get more people and more helpers to attend,” said Jason.
 
The first virtual Hacky Hour on Wednesday, 15 May, attracted six people alongside two helpers (Jason and Amanda), and HPC questions were asked and answered.
 
Each online Hacky Hour will use the same Zoom videoconferencing link.
 
Hacky Hour is free, informal and all CQU researchers are welcome to attend (no booking required) to ask for advice, or offer their IT expertise to help others.
 
Queensland now has Hacky Hours at five universities, including UQ, Griffith, QUT, USQ and CQU, all led by QCIF eResearch Analysts. See our Hacky Hour webpage for more information.