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How can you think of programming as a creative act? As writing that, like prose or poetry, aspires to create an aesthetic experience, rather than a purely functional one? Is it possible to write code that instils joy or some self-reflection the way a particularly moving passage might? 

 This Saturday, we explore strategies from literature and creative writing that can add richness to the experience of writing or interacting with code in a micro-hackathon.

 - Come and explore the outlets for creative expression in coding, as in writing, over a hearty Brunch at Church Street Social.

 - Build anything that plays with words, phrases and syllables, to remix pieces of literature, or come up with something entirely new.


Too vague? No problem, we've got a bunch of prompts to stir up creative juices:

  • Play with algorithmic poetry: For instance, build a random Haiku generator (a poem constituted by 17 syllables over three lines)
  • Play with word transformation: For instance, swap out words in a poem or a given passage with others based on arbitrary rules (for e.g., with homonyms - words that sound like the word you're swapping), build a basic crossword solver, play with repeated translation into different languages to see whether the final output matches an initial input sentence.
  • Think of this as an opportunity to play with code and words, building out tender little code-based beings that have no purpose whatsoever but to stimulate something unexpected when you interact with it.
  • Play with communication: For instance, build a chat bot to convert any given sentence over a chat into yoda speak, build a chat bot that responds in rhyme.
  • Play with memorable language: For instance, build a chrome new tab screen that generates random nuggets of Stoic wisdom from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
  • Play with human language: Write an ode to code :)
  • We're building out a comprehensive list. Write to us with a few of your own!


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