First off the obvious one: What an absolutely awesome weekend!!

I had to get up at a ridiculous hour in the morning to get from Nottingham to Leeds in time for the iOS talk, after spending the previous day at a wedding getting rather drunk. This meant I was already feeling pretty ropey, but fortunately the infectious passion that Dave Verver had for iOS apps meant that the talk was really fun.

The day was then kicked off by Dom Hodgson who was the main organiser of this rather insane event. I think that without his fantastic personality and drive this event wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good. The fact he doesn’t try to be too serious but still got everything done and had time for everyone is absolutely amazing and he is a shining example of how to act when running these kind of events.

People then settled down to some pretty hardcore hacking, although there was lots of breaks for vast amounts of food and a little bit of Dom baiting. An especially fun episode was wrapping him up in bubble wrap and then the “incident” where he tried to chase Caius but unfortunately he didn’t quite succeed due to the fact I couldn’t resist standing on a trailing piece of bubble wrap which lead to a rather hilarious fall (It’s all on youtube somewhere …).

There were some truly fantastic hacks presented on the Sunday. My personal favourite was the PleasePledge app which did mean I was in no way going to win an Apple TV with Sausagefest, but that wasn’t really surprising was it? One of the really inspiring parts of it was the fact that it was written in PHP which is often derided for being a little bit of a “Teenage-hackers” / “Script Kiddies” language, but it had to be one of the most polished sites I’ve seen for a long time. In fact I would go as far to say that it kicks the pants off JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving.

I’m sure if I put my mind to it I could list a lot more that happened during this weekend, but the fact of the matter is that I still haven’t fully recovered, and that’s a good thing. There were so many people there that I talked to and it was amazing to be somewhere that had so many people around that were passionate about what they did. The only way you can truly understand how amazing one of these weekends is would be to attend, and to be honest when they are kept free like this what’s your excuse not to?

Thank you for the sausages for my “Mighty Meaty Prize”, I’m glad I could provide a bit of a laugh. Also a big thanks to everyone else for making this such an enjoyable experience! Thanks to all of the sponsors for all the food, even if I didn’t feel like eating at all on Sunday thanks to being force fed for the previous 24 hours. I now know what ducks must feel like in France when being subjected to gavage!

Finally all that is left to say:

Thank you Heather!

Please please please continue to keep Dom in check and thanks for ensuring that everything stayed organised and on track. Even though Dom is the face of Leedshack, we all know that you’re the one who kept it afloat!