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This event was a resounding success. Next one will take place in approximately six weeks. This time it will be organized locally. See the the HermosilloDevHouse Wiki for more details.

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We are going to hold the first (of many, we hope) SuperHappyDevHouse event in Hermosillo. This will be the first in Latin America!!!

To make it even cooler, two of the Silicon Valley planners are going to be here: Jeff Lindsay and Joel Franusic, along with Adrian Perez. Jeff is also the founder of SHDH (along with David Weekly who gave a TechForum talk in July).

So, What Is It?

Jeff describes it best in its original post:

I think what I want is an open-ended event for developers and hackers to socialize with the opportunity to sit down and work on things together, or even game if they want. Ideally it would be recurring and attract a diverse range of people. It would be set up much like a LAN party, but it wouldn’t really be marketed as one. We’d have tables, chairs, Internet access, as you normally would with a LAN party, as well as the other party elements, such as drinks, couches, places to talk and socialize. Maybe appropriately themed movies on a big screen. Eventually, if it works out, it could have an online community. It’s basically a low-key party and LAN party geared towards hackers that like to create things.


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The Mercury News said it most succinctly: “SuperHappyDevHouse has codified that collaborative culture for a new generation of inventors.” The article does a pretty good job of describing what goes on at these events.

Finally, if you believe that you have an idea that must be kept secret from all other sentient beings, then this is probably not a good place for you. SHDH is about collaboration and sharing and learning from one another. Lots of give and take. The people who make the most of it know that the value of an idea is in its execution: the "thing" that made Google happen as well as PBwiki.


In the Registration Form, please, indicate what you're planning to work on. We'll use this information to select up 25-30 people (i.e., can't fit any more in the house where it is going to take place).

First of Many? It's Up to You!

The other thing to keep in mind is that we hope that this will end up being a recurring event. So come ready to jump, grab the bull by the horns and make the event yours. You may be one of the planners for the next one in about six weeks from now (this is one of the many things that we are going to discuss, too).

Lightning Talks

A few hours into the event, Lightning Talks happen. These are five-minute talks on (almost) any subject that anybody can give. You can bring slides, or a movie, or just do shadow puppets, but you have to get done in five minutes.

Contact Joel Franusic if you wish to give a Lightning Talk.


You can see all of them in this picture which was published in the San Jose Mercury News on May 5, 2007.


  6:00 PM : Start of event
       ? PM   Lightning Talks
12:00 PM : End of event

(Not sure about the "End" time—have to consult with the owner of the house).


The week of August 10. Most likely, Friday, August 15.


A private residence in Hermosillo.

Other Information

  • Attendance will be limited to 25-30 people, max (i.e., can't fit any more in the house) .
  • Laptop is required (else, you're going to be pretty bored).
  • Tech toys are welcome (e.g., Wii, Legos/Technics)
  • This a free event.
  • English, Spanish, PHP, Ruby, etc.
  • Dress code is casual (and comfortable).

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