Im a little late writing this but the weather has just been far too nice to be sat inside and I have needed the time for recovery. If some of you are not as nerdy and geeky as me and have no idea of what a hackathon is exactly here is googles description 'Hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest, codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects' to summarise a very fun, stressful and overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.
We had 4 groups for very different and very clever ideas (even if I must say so myself.) I was a Team leader of a group of 5 working on a Companion app and Welcome Pack. We all got to work in this beautiful old country house down the Gower with mass amounts food on offer. To give you more detail we had just two days to plan and develop our ideas in to working betas in which we had to present to the rest of the teams as well as some judges from other company's such as Microsoft, I know right big deal.
The first day was so full on and trying to stick to schedule was just impossible and even harder when the Wifi and phone signal was non existent. Meetings, Planning and setting up was all we could do. Once the first day was over a few of us went to visit a local beach and went for swim (much needed.) Then went back to do some more work and spending quality time with friends.
The second day went far better, a lot less panic but far more nerve wrecking. Waking up at 6am to finish designing to head off to the printers was not what I had planned but I did wake up to a great cup of tea. I think all in all it went well we had a welcome pack to present and a working app that could scan barcodes. The judges seemed to enjoy our idea despite not winning in the end. Took a couple of days to recover on sleep but It was a great team bonding exercise and really brought out my inner nerd. I can't wait for next year but this time (More coffee and maybe a little cheating is in hand.)
Make Sh*t - AF Fabrega
Hacker - Sofia Moya