We have all heard the story of the woodcutter, who went to the forest, cut ten trees on his first day of work. He then cut seven trees on his second day and as the days went on his productivity decreased to just one tree a day. The story of the woodcutter resonates throughout the tech and the corporate world. We techies are so busy with our regular work that we don’t find the time to sharpen our axes. We seldom brainstorm or collaborate because no one has the time or the drive after a long day to sit down for a brainstorming session. We are like the Avengers, except we never assemble. We are like individual superheroes, who have amazing powers and united we could do so much more but divided we are like molecules of scattered idea, no platform to coerce and collaborate.
That was the idea behind Hackathon@Shuttl, a platform to bring together our developers, architects, designers and PMs to showcase their abilities, ideate, create and innovate. Divided into teams, these hackers competed to create innovative products and develop coding hacks that can make a difference in the greater scheme of things. The platform meant those participating could showcase their talent and ideas and collaborate on code in an intense 24-hour showdown.
The event took place on the 26th of August’16 and by the end of the day, we saw a lot of potential innovations being built and some even caught our eyes. One of them was Wiz, an app that connects people with similar interests along with one more called Step Up, which is basically an app that helps complete your resolution and goals by making you focus. Amongst the other honorable mentions were the Lane Switching Alarm with video processing, Energy Consumption Monitor and the Carbon Footprint Monitor. However, the app that stole the show was an idea that involved an app, which will act as an assistant to other apps.
It’s heartening to see that many Hackathon projects these days, are making it to the application stores and giving techies a brilliant platform to showcase their skills.
This, intense, caffeine & Pizzas-fueled day, brought us together to brainstorm and ideate on innovative solutions to real problems that threaten to disrupt our day-to-day lives. Shuttl Hackathon was a brilliant success and we hope they conduct some more of these sessions that seeks to make a change for the greater good.
Meet Gupta, Sr. Architect, Mobile Apps @Shuttl