Bikes and Bytes Hackfest – May 14

Cogs and Code. Bikes and Bytes. Geeks and Gears.

It's no secret that Quick Left is a bike-centric workplace (even our name is bike related). In celebration of National Bike Month and kicking off Boulder Startup Week, bike geeks and computer geeks (one and the same) will come together Tuesday, May 14 at our Bikes and Bytes Hackfest, where developers will be challenged to come up with bike-themed mobile or web applications in three hours or less.

You can scrape datapoints from Strava, use APIs from Training Peaks or MapMyFitness, use your own Garmin data or access open datasets. So it might be beneficial to have a bike geek on your team to spearhead ideas. And if you ride your bike to the event, you can also get sweet QL and People for Bikes gear. Don't worry about your sweet pony, we'll have bike valet. We'll have People for Bikes, Stages Cycling, Training Peaks, FasCat, Feedback Sports, and more two-wheeled companies here, too. Beer, food, swag and more so you should probably just go ahead and register.

Bikes and Bytes Hackfest

For those cyclists in attendance, we'll host power meter races, award longest bike commute and most tricked out commuter. Yeah, we love everything two wheels. One grand prize hacking team will also win a power meter from Stages Cycling valued at $800 MSRP.

And just for giggles, here's a QL throwback. See if you can spot our CEO. We're getting mouse pads, wallets and life-size cutouts made.

QL Throwback

About the sponsors: Stages Cycling LLC, based in Boulder, CO, launched the Stages Power meter at interbike in September 2012. Stages Power immediately made waves in the power measurement category with its high-tech feature set, including: an extremely low 20g weight, unique direct left sided direct measure design, and economical cost. Since hitting the retail market in February 2013, Stages Power has become a compelling choice for any cyclist — road or mountain; pro or amateur — looking to train with power. Read more at is a national movement to transform America through bicycling. By uniting a million riders, to speak with one, powerful voice to make bicycling safer, more convenient, and more appealing for everyone. It currently counts nearly 700,000 supporters and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

Training Peaks, founded in 1999 by athletes and coaches, Peaksware, LLC, develops software for endurance coaches and motivated individuals, to monitor, analyze and plan their fitness and nutrition for peak performance. Peaksware’s suite of products include the world’s leading web based training log and food journal, accessed online and through iOS and Android applications; PC desktop analysis software, WKO+; and a family of GPS activity tracking apps for iPhones including Run Tracker Pro, Cycle Tracker Pro and Walk Tracker Pro.