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Pack your bag - we're going to a hack!


You're going to a hack event? Great! We've been to/organised a few, and here's our list of things you ought to take...

(NB Some of this stuff is obviously only relevant to overnight events!)


  • Doodle pad and pencils
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger ;)
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones and music!
  • Comfy lounge clothes
  • A warm jumper
  • A change of underwear/clothes if you're staying overnight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toothbrush and tooth paste
  • Any regular medication

You should set up your laptop in advance with software/libraries/frameworks you might need, in case there are problems with, or high traffic on, the network.

A video lead to plug your laptop into a projector to present. They nearly always accept SVGA, modern ones also have HDMI. This is especially important if you have a Mac - you should bring a display adapter!

Some bits to build with - e.g. proper pens and paper if you're an illustrator, mobile devices if you're a developer, materials and tools if you're a maker.

Highly Recommended

  • Slippers (SERIOUSLY!)
  • T-shirt to sleep in overnight
  • Pillow (doubles as something to sit on if you don't get a comfy chair!)
  • Inflatable mat

If you can't find space for a pillow, a jumper stuffed with clothes is second best!

If You're a Hack Nut

  • An extra monitor (pack a pillow against the screen to avoid dead pixels)
  • A mascot!
  • A bag of sweets to make some friends :)

Our Next Event...

...happens the weekend of 16-17th August - the Science Collider! Find out more...