22nd-23rd August 2020 | Event Production
Running a 2 day live stream, handling logistics, talent relations and handling for live presenters, and general event production support.
We partnered with Hack Productions at the last minute to help us run a 1,000+ person conference.
When a vendor failed to deliver what they'd promised, we were left high and dry three days before our annual user conference. MLH Hackcon is a global conference for event organizers, so they expect a high bar of quality, further MLH Hackcon helps sets the tone for their events.
We knew we needed a partner we could count on to help us make a very high quality livestream on incredibly short notice.
Hack Productions stepped up to make it happen. They worked with us to create high quality graphics and a strong plan to handle the stream logistics. Their team worked tirelessly on the immediate deadline to make sure we were ready and then worked around the clock to help us broadcast throughout an event that ran 36 hours straight.
After the event, they were the first to point out the places they could improve and we're already looking on to the next event.
- Nick Quinlan, COO, Major League Hacking
10th July 2020 | Event Production
Running a 12 hour live stream, handling logistics for over 100 pre-recorded pieces of content, talent relations and handling for live presenters, and general event production support.
Standing Ovation! I had the pleasure to work with Hack Productions for the first time this summer for a global pride virtual event, 12hrs long and featuring three continents.
Hack Productions exemplified professionalism and remained sure and steady in our constant barrage of last minute additions and changes.
The team worked magic behind the scenes to ensure we had a seamless experience with the technology for our 12hr long Virtual Pride celebration.
They were professional, efficient and timely before, during and after the event. Jon attended our weekly planning meetings and worked with individual region leads before the event to make sure they had everything the needed.
Jon and the team made sure the online stream was working perfectly for the entire 12hrs, He even stayed up late the day before the event working with our team members from different time zones. If not for Jon, our event wouldn’t be a success.
Hack Productions made sure we were able to make history.
- Micheal Ighodaro, Founding Board Member, Global Black Gay Men Connect
March / April 2020 | Event Production
Running a non-stop 24 hour live stream for 3 weeks, handling logistics for over 70 live and pre-recorded talks and workshops, as well as opening/closing ceremonies and side events.
Hack Productions was an integral part of Hack Quarantine, and without them we wouldn't have come close to providing the vital tech education to the global hackathon community during the coronavirus pandemic that we did.
From day one, Hack Productions took care of all our AV needs - from sourcing and colocating server hardware, dealing with our unique livestream needs and providing round-the-clock assistance with whatever we needed. They also did a great job coordinating with our workshop hosts and outside platforms, assisting with our scheduling and making sure we had all the production assets that were needed. This took a huge weight off our back, and allowed our organiser team to focus on running the event.
Hack Quarantine was a unique event with unique needs, and Hack Productions was exceptionally responsive and flexible when dealing with these needs. Despite tight deadlines and constant challenges, they managed to deliver a great viewer experience and were a wonderful group of people to work with. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Hack Productions to anyone looking to run a digital event or who is needing AV at a physical event, and look forward to working with them again in the future.
- Jacklyn Biggin, Lead Organizer, Hack Quarantine
February / March 2020 | A/V Partner
Running all A/V at the event, including live demos and workshops.
Will and Jonathan reached out to my team several weeks before our event, offering to manage all of our AV during presentations, talks and workshops.
Back then, we didn’t realize we needed these heroes, but we thought “why not?” and took them into the team.
Will and Jonathan reached out to my team several weeks before our event, offering to volunteerand manage all of our AV during presentations, talks and workshops. Back then, we didn’t realize we needed these heroes, but we thought “why not?” and took them into the team. Will and Jon were absolutely fantastic during the event, covering up/fixing every mistake we made and bringing in new ideas that made the event so much better.
I clearly remember chatting with Will around 3am in the middle of the event where he was listing out all the possible things that could go wrong in the morning around judging time. This was extremely useful as we had plenty of time to make sure they never happened!
We also had several last-minute changes to the closing ceremony presentations, but Will and Jon surprised us with how well they dealt with them. They also synced up the room lighting with the audio in the presentations and made the ceremonies much cooler than we’d planned.
We’re definitely reaching out to them for future editions of Hack the Burgh. Very dedicated, hardworking and fun team!
- Alan Savio Paul, Co-Director, Hack the Burgh VI
February 2020 | A/V Partner
Running all A/V at the event, including all live demos. Provided 24 hour videography including a recap video for closing ceremony.
CovHack's presentations, demos and awards ran smoothly thanks to Will's all-inclusive Audio/Visual solution! Everything from managing slides and background graphics, to lighting, to making sure hackers' demos ran on time was handled seamlessly with impressive competence and attention to detail. This helped give CovHack a professional feel while maintaining a fun and friendly environment.
Will also recorded all audio and visuals from the demos, allowing our videographer to combine these with a camera feed to be publically released - this enables us to add public visibility and accessibility usually only achieved by large conferences.
The edge Will's A/V gives to events is incredible and I would love to welcome him back to run A/V at CovHack in the future!
- James Vickery, Lead Organiser, CovHack2020
February 2020 | A/V Partner
Ran all 22 of their demos in their auditorium, along with awards with background music, graphics, and QLab cues. In addition to this, we created their mini event and award slides.
January 2020 | A/V Partner
Responsible for audio and video used in the opening/closing ceremony and demos, including creating assets used for the event.
Will's constant devotion to our event and the AV solutions involved were far more than anyone could have expected for a volunteer. He created animated assets that adhered to the branding guidelines and looked stunning and really added to the experience of opening ceremony. He also helped form the basis of our opening and closing ceremony slides and made doing finalist presentations a breeze due to picture-in-picture really helping for hardware hacks.
I first met Will at HackTheMidlands 4.0 and after seeing what an impressive job he and the rest of the team did with the sound, lighting and visuals, I almost begged him to be a part of ManMetHacks. He was a perfect addition to the team > and the event couldn't have run smoother if we had tried thanks to his dedication and hard work.
- Tom Misson, Organiser, ManMetHacks 2.0
January 2020 | A/V Partner
Ran QLab cues, with MIDI triggers, and background music for finalist presentations and awards.
November 2019 | A/V Partner
Responsible for audio and video used in the opening/closing ceremony, and demos. Also created their opening schedule to ensure it ran on time.
Will ran the A/V for our opening talks and helped bring a couple of great ideas about how to add polish and flair to bring energy to the room. He was able to adapt to our needs on-the-fly and keep transitions > smooth between speakers.
Will also did a fantastic job of running our finalist presentations entirely by himself. Having heard about his legendary(!) A/V skills at OxfordHack 2019, I had full faith that Will would pull through and keep our presentations seamless and on schedule – and he stepped up to the challenge and ran the presentations with no drama. I was able to step back and focus on other things while Will got teams quickly and effectively onboarded with the relevant A/V set up, and was able to professionally handle issues and special requirements. I would love to have Will at every event I'm at!
- Robbie Jakob-Whitworth, Lead Organiser, DurHack 2017–2019
November 2019 | A/V Partner
Provided the event with A/V equipment. Provided assistance with final presentations logistics.
November 2019 | Event Production
Responsible for the audio, video, and lighting in the auditorium and audio in the hacking space and workshop areas.