Hacky Hour

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Hacky Hour

Queensland currently has Hacky Hours at seven universities.

Hacky Hour occurs regularly and its aim is to help researchers (staff and students) with research computing related problems.

Hacky Hour is free, informal and all researchers are welcome to drop in for advice, or offer their IT expertise to help others.

Researchers attend Hacky Hour to ask or answer research-related IT questions. Popular topics for discussion include high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, general programming, R, Python, data processing, data storage, and data management.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of Queensland’s Hacky Hours are being held entirely online (UQ, QUT, CQU and USQ). Griffith University, JCU and USC are currently in-person events, but may switch to online in response to local restrictions. See each institution’s Hacky Hour section below for more information.

Check the relevant Hacky Hour’s Twitter feed, if there is one, for updates as occasionally a Hacky Hour is cancelled for a particular week when the regular IT experts are unavailable.

Please note: Most Hacky Hours end for the year in early to mid-December, and usually resume in late January or early February the following year. Check the relevant Hacky Hour’s Twitter feed (if there is one) or this webpage for updates.

Want to set up a Hacky Hour at your institution?

Amanda Miotto, QCIF’s eResearch Analyst at Griffith University, has created a Hacky Hour Handbook. Amanda co-founded Griffith’s Hacky Hour in August 2015.

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3pm–4pm
LocationCafé Nano, St Lucia campus
Twitter: @HackyHourStLuc
Websitehackyhourstluc.wordpress.com
Contact: Dr Nick Hamilton (n.hamilton@imb.uq.edu.au)
Special sessions (in addition to the usual research IT questions):

  • Bioinformatics Hacky Hour: First Tuesday of the month — come and ask bioinformatics analysis, software and pipeline questions.
  • BioLab Hacky Hour: Last Tuesday of the month — experts will answer your experimental design and technical sample processing questions to get you started in the lab.

Please note during the COVID-19 crisis: UQ’s Hacky Hour will be held online via Zoom on Tuesdays, 3pm–4pm. Please email the UQ Hacky Hour team for the Zoom ID: hackyhouruq@gmail.com. The ID is the same for each session, so once you have it, you can use it again to join in.

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 12pm–1pm
Location: Join online
Twitter@hackyhourUSQ
Contacthackyhour@usq.edu.au

Day: Thursdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: Cafe Rossa’s, Nathan, or Cafe Rossa’s, Gold Coast. Griffith’s Hacky Hour alternates weekly between the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Check @hackyhourGU on Twitter for updates.
Twitter@hackyhourGU
Website: griffith.edu.au/hackyhour
Contacthackyhour@griffith.edu.au

Day: Thursdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: Alternating weekly between The Pantry cafe, Gardens Point campus, and Beadles cafe, Kelvin Grove campus.
Twitter@QUTHackyHour
Contacthackyhour@qut.edu.au

Please note during the COVID-19 crisis: QUT’s Hacky Hour will be held online via Zoom on Thursdays, 2pm–3pm. Please email hackyhour@qut.edu.au for the Zoom link.

Day: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: Online via Zoom.
Contact: Contact Jason Bell, QCIF’s CQU-based eResearch Analyst, for the Zoom links for each session: j.bell@cqu.edu.au.

Day: Every other Thursday, starting 4 March 2021
Time: 1pm–2pm
Location:The Science Place Fish Tank, Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus
Twitter@JCUHackyHour
Websitejcu.edu.au/eresearch/services
CodeR-TSV Website: codertsv.github.io
Contacteresearch@jcu.edu.au 

Please note: JCU’s Hacky Hour also runs a Slack workspace, which runs in parallel to CodeR-TSV, a thriving student-driven initiative put together by diehard, code-writing scientists who use R (and other languages) to solve a diverse set of problems in their respective fields.

All JCU researchers and HDR students are invited to come along to Hacky Hour and join both Slack workspaces. Whether it is face-to-face or on Slack, the diverse team of experts will provide answers to all research computing and coding questions.

Both Slack workspaces will also feature information about upcoming training, workshops and events.

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: Ground floor of Library, Sippy Downs campus
Contact: Contact Dr Delaney Burnard (d.burnard@usc.edu.au)

Day: Alternate Mondays
Time: 1pm–2pm Sydney time
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: https://www.aarnet.edu.au/events/cloudstor-clinics
Register: https://aarnet.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuceitpjMpHdNiyOWlp9f4XDqiSeLya9TC

AARNet runs fortnightly CloudStor Clinics to empower researchers and CloudStor users, catering for absolute beginners through to advanced users from all areas of research. Participants can drop in any time to discuss problems they are trying to solve or issues they would like to address relating to CloudStor.

Day: Alternate Tuesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm Sydney time
Location: Online via Zoom.
Website: https://research.qut.edu.au/digitalobservatory/office-hours/
Register: https://qut.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvcOqrrjkvHNH2ZqG5yed7Gh15Rp19Vatm

The Australian Text Analytics Platform, the Australian Digital Observatory, and the Time Layered Cultural Map projects are collaborating to provide a regular office hours to support Australian researchers with a broad range of questions related to their research infrastructure