Brisbane’s Biggest Hackathon of 2016

Alex Ghiculescu

8 June 2016    |   

We survived Brisbane’s largest Hackathon for yet another year! Over 150 of Brisbane’s best student designers and developers came along, more than double last year. I think it was the promise of a keg that did it. This year’s theme was APIs, in celebration of the one we just built. Despite a few teams trying quite hard to take it down we’re proud to report that it is still standing, although Dave was feeling a little sorry for himself by the end of the event. The weekend drew a range of unique ideas including a professional Tinder for the workforce, a shift swapping app for employees, an onboarding tool and a big red ‘I Quit’ button for when you’ve had enough! However the majority of ideas were geared towards improving workplaces for employee health and well being, with one group building an app to guess employee happiness using facial recognition. First place went to team lessapprox for their creation ‘Project 4’, which combines rostering data with FitBit data to track employee movements at work. The concept is designed to help employees who are on their feet all day track their exercise at work. We think this would be awesome in hospitality, retail, and fast food, as managers could track staff labour efficiency throughout the day and roster staff accordingly. Looking forward to seeing how the team go as they continue to build the app! Thanks to our incredible judges; John Puttick, Brett Hooker, and Adrian Karzon, and thanks again to everyone who came along and built some really cool stuff! We rated the event ?

We survived Brisbane’s largest Hackathon for yet another year!

Over 150 of Brisbane’s best student designers and developers came along, more than double last year. I think it was the promise of a keg that did it.

This year’s theme was APIs, in celebration of the one we just built. Despite a few teams trying quite hard to take it down we’re proud to report that it is still standing, although Dave was feeling a little sorry for himself by the end of the event.

The weekend drew a range of unique ideas including a professional Tinder for the workforce, a shift swapping app for employees, an onboarding tool and a big red ‘I Quit’ button for when you’ve had enough!

However the majority of ideas were geared towards improving workplaces for employee health and well being, with one group building an app to guess employee happiness using facial recognition.

First place went to team \lessapprox for their creation ‘Project 4’, which combines rostering data with FitBit data to track employee movements at work. The concept is designed to help employees who are on their feet all day track their exercise at work. We think this would be awesome in hospitality, retail, and fast food, as managers could track staff labour efficiency throughout the day and roster staff accordingly. Looking forward to seeing how the team go as they continue to build the app!

Thanks to our incredible judges; John Puttick, Brett Hooker, and Adrian Karzon, and thanks again to everyone who came along and built some really cool stuff! We rated the event ?

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