A hackfest (or hackathon) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects according to Wikipedia.
At Mahara Hui, the hackfest is a chance for developers, developers-to-be and Mahara enthusiasts to get together to:
Normally, participants bring their own computers, but we will have computers available for the day as well.
In Māori culture, a "hui" is a gathering or assembly. We use it to signify that people come together to discuss the open source ePortfolio system Mahara and the pedagogical uses of ePortfolios in many different contexts.
The Mahara Hui logo reflects this idea by bringing together members of the Mahara community. What better idea than to symbolize that with gathering around a campfire and sharing stories and ideas.