AI themed hackathon in April!

I shared this over Open Source Design forum a couple of weeks but I also wanted to share it here. There’s something cool happening at Kaleidos , makers of Penpot and Taiga, the week of the 17th of April. We will have an off-season PIWEEK . We have been running these piweeks for 12 years in a row, every six months. Taiga and Penpot were born in such piweeks!

From an email I wrote to the team last week

From the many uses of Generative AI, there’s one field of enormous potential and that is “productivity boost”. Perhaps you’re in need of inspiration or you want to accelerate menial or repetitive tasks. Sometimes you just need to overcome information overload. Whatever your need, you will probably want to stay in control but “outsource” some of the work to a tireless algorithm.

As an open source product company that builds product team tools, we can’t simply wait to see what happens, we need to make sure we own this new tech track. We need to uplift ourselves to have the right perspective and rigour. This of course also includes any ethical considerations. Not all Generative AI approaches will be positive for society the same way not all technology is.

So, this is happening in 7 weeks and we will be sharing whatever we come up with. Typically a PIWEEK hosts 10-12 different projects but this one could be a bit different.

We’re not short of ideas but I’m posting this message here in case someone would want to suggest a particular approach or technology. It doesn’t need to be related to Taiga or Penpot, of course.

At Kaleidos we have the feeling that is generative AI is going superfast and it’s kind of noisy. We do have hands-on experience on machine-learning/deep-learning projects and yet we know we want to pause a bit and focus on leveling up the whole company. Everything we do is open source so any help towards our efforts will be released publicly, whether it’s a white paper or a tech POC.

Contrary to our normal PIWEEKs this one is not really meant to invite other people to join, simply because we will try to streamline the whole brainstorming+marketplace+piweek+demo cycle.

Now, after this AI PIWEEK or AIWEEK or whatever we call it, we’d love to share our findings with the broader Taiga community.

So yeah, feel free to share any challenges or themes you believe could be a fantastic way to get deep into (Generative) AI while addressing the future of collaboration between designers and developers.