Some of the key features of MacHack were:
- It took place at a crappy Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. There was little to do but hack.
- The conference started at midnight with a keynote, and the keynote always lasted several hours. I was part of one that ended at 6:50 AM.
- Every attendee, technical or not, was encouraged to create a hack. All hacks were presented at a hack show on the third night of the conference.
- Hacks didn't have to involve technology. One recurring hack (executed by +Adam Engst) was to hide a wooden stake in the hotel so well that it would still be in the same place the following year.
- Hacks were supposed to be cool but impractical. When someone presented a practical hack, the audience derisively shouted "Useful!" .
|Conference program from guess which year|
I woke up around 8:00 am and headed to the lounge for breakfast. As I sat eating my sugary cereal, I glanced to my left and was astonished to see Chris Page himself ambling into the room. Somehow he had traveled 2300 miles in a few hours in the middle of the night. I tried to say something, but all I could do was laugh. Chris smiled and started laughing too. He had just pulled it off: he hacked MacHack.
If you want to know more about MacHack, you can read this article I wrote about the 2004 conference.