Code Camp is canceled. We are late on delivering a LingPipe recipes book to our publisher and that will have to be our project for March. But we could have testers/reviewers come and hang out. Less fun I think.
Dates: To be absolutely clear: Dates are 3/2/2014 to 3/31/14 in Driggs Idaho. You can work remotely, we will be doing stuff before as well for setup.
New: We have setup a github repository. URL is https://github.com/watsonclone/jeopardy-.git
Every year we go out west for a month of coding and skiing. Last year it was Salt Lake City Utah, this year it is Driggs Idaho for access to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. The house is rented for the month of March and the project selected. This year we will create a Watson clone.
I have blogged about Watson before and I totally respect what they have done. But the coverage is getting a bit breathless with the latest billion dollar effort. So how about assembling a scrappy bunch of developers and see how close we can come to recreating the Jeopardy beast?
How this works:
- We have a month of focused development. We tend to code mornings, ski afternoons. House has 3 bedrooms if you want to come stay. Prior arrangements must be made. House is paid for. Nothing else is.
- The code base will be open source. We are moving LingPipe to the AGPL so maybe that license or we could just apache license it. We want folks to be comfortable contributing.
- You don’t have to be present to contribute.
- We have a very fun time last year. We worked very hard on an email app that didn’t quite get launched but the lesson learned was to start with the project defined.
If you are interested in participating let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know your background, what you want to do, do you expect to stay with us etc…. No visa situations please and we don’t have any funds to support folks. Obviously we have limited space physically and mentally so we may say no but we will do our best to be inclusive. Step 1–transcribe some Jeopardy shows.
Ask questions in the comments so all can benefit. Check comments before asking questions pls. I’ll answer the first one that is on everyone’s mind:
Q: Are you frigging crazy???
A: Why, yes, yes we are. But we are also really good computational linguists….