Hackathon has been a part of GoodRequest since 2015, when we started to like it and found out that it really makes sense for the team and the community. Since then, it has held a stable place among our top team activities. It is also one of the three biggest events of our digital studio during the year.
Hackathon is one of the favorite benefits of our .gr family, which allows us to enter the new year beyond the normal scope of work and the work team with a great deal of creativity and enthusiasm. This means in our digital studio that we will postpone for 2 days the design, application development, creation of information systems, meetings and everything that makes up our normal working day. And the solutions that emerge in 48 hours can often improve and simplify processes not only in GoodRequest, but also contribute to the IT community this year. Because this year's Hackathon theme was Open Source!
Have a look how good we were with Hackathon last year!
Given the current situation, we also had to adapt. We didn't want to miss the hackathon in any case, so we decided to organize it online. Team formation went as usual. Everyone could sign up with their own project or join an existing team. The individual projects were created according to whether someone had an idea or wanted to participate in something. You just logged in with a simple form.
This year we lost our common breakfast, but instead, we enjoyed Hackathon from the comfort of home and connected from all over Slovakia, which you can see on this map. :)
Learn more about how to organize an online Hackathon!
We have chosen the Open Source theme for this year. Below this we can imagine for example:
In this way, we would like to make this year's theme reflect the needs of the company, but also to give something to the community in this way. And I can tell you that there is a lot to look forward to :)
Our experienced team has a lot behind them and this year's Hackathon was our sixth in a row. ❤️The schedule of our two-day marathon is in the picture below. :)
This year, up to 13 teams managed to form. Almost everyone from programmers to designers to management was involved.
Here you can see what we came up with this year:
The projects were undoubtedly great this year, and for sure, we will introduce you more in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, we couldn't be together this year, but we still tried to capture our premiere online hackathon through a lens.
Just like last year, we decided to award hackathon participants in three categories. The evaluation of projects was in charge of a team of experienced developers, designers and management, ie members of gr. family.
Voting was organized through Google Meet, immediately after excellent and breathtaking presentations. :)
42 juries took part in the voting and determined the following winners.
In the category of the greatest contribution, the winner was the 🥇4-member star Backend team, which focused on the topic of automation of generation of API documentation. Their solution promises to save considerable time spent on documentation. This is reflected by their team motto in the picture below ("Our laziness drives us forward").
Are you interested, how to streamline the process of creating API documentation?
The award for the best presentation ended in the hands of teammates from the Android team, who focused on increasing the reliability and readability of the code. And their presentation drew our attention through deep reflection and showed that even after a year, they did not lose their sense of humor and passion for presentation.
The triumph in the category of the best idea was won by a five-member team consisting of Android and Frontend developers and marketing. This group did an excellent job on a gamification tool for students, which we will certainly pay attention to!
Although not everyone has managed to complete their projects in two days, we are keeping our fingers crossed that this will happen in the coming days and weeks. Some solutions have proven to be so complex that 48 hours is not enough to cross the finish line. :). However, we will try to publish and share them all soon as part of the "series" #opensourcemonday.
Even though we have 3 winners, no one is defeated. The main goal of Hackathon in GoodRequest is to increase the desire to work, team spirit and have fun. What the guys from team 12 also showed.
Don't forget to check what 2020 looked like in GoodRequest.