ICYMI: What went down at Workplace by Facebook’s first-ever Manila Hackathon
Last Nov 9-10, we at Tanda successfully held our first-ever Hackathon collab with Workplace by Facebook. The 2-day event, held in Facebook’s Manila office, brought students and professionals together to compete on making the coolest and most innovative concept integrating the two platforms — Tanda and Workplace by Facebook.
The short program started with an introduction by Anthony Russell, Workplace by Facebook Head of Partnerships & Alliances (APAC), and by Tanda’s very own Joel. After the APIs and other tech documentation were discussed, the hacking began!
Alexandra Andillon, part of this year’s Grand Champion Team Hey Bert!, recounts her experience below:
“I learned more about the effects and help that workforce management platform like Tanda can (contribute) to companies or organisations. What I (also) like the most in the event are the venue and the organizers. The venue has all the things that the event needs, the organizers were so approachable and willing to answers queries. Also, the fun part is when we formulate ideas and develop them into a prototype.”
Team Hey Bert! won and came home with Php 30,000 and a set of Oculus Go. Team XRojan was awarded as the Outstanding Developer of the competition.
Here’s a rundown of what the participating teams came up with:
Team Tandarating (PauseBot) – This is a non-intrusive workplace bot that reminds employees to take their break. The bot aims to lessen the effects of burnout in the workplace.
Team UX Batallion (Time Rostering, Team Management, and Accessibility) – This is a bot that lists all shift information and produces ad hoc analytics for managers. Considering how disaster-prone the country is, it also posts accessibility concerns that may hinder a worker to report to work.
Team Hey Bert! (Workplace Ninja) – This bot validates login/logout for people who work remotely. This is done by facial recognition and geo-location tagging to ensure you’re working in an authorized location. It also posts important celebrations like birthdays and work anniversaries.
Team Antman – The team produced a web app that allows you to review your schedule and to swap your shifts. A notification bot also was created that sends the shift schedule to the users.
Team XRojan (TandBook: Tanda + Facebook) – This one-man team employed Workplace Chat and Tanda’s API to create a notification app for the schedule of the employees.
The experience was nothing short of amazing — from the venue, the participants, the organizing team, and the learnings. The event certainly did an amazing job creating an atmosphere of positivity, excitement, and sense of belonging to a broader tech community outside of the company.
Check out these photos from the event!
Big thanks go to our partner Workplace by Facebook, and to all the teams who competed!
We’ll surely do it again next year! Whether you’re in Manila or Brisbane, watch out for the next Tanda Hackathon.