Hackathons and selfie comps – A typical Tanda weekend

Alex Ghiculescu

25 April 2015    |    read

This article is about the 2015 event. Go to hack.tanda.co for 2016’s event details! From selfie competitions to interesting discoveries – TandaHQ was buzzing with a crowd of people at last weekend’s official Hackathon. After being featured at Business Acumen magazine, and interviewed on ABC Radio it seems web designers, developers and programmers flocked to Tanda in droves to get their chance at winning the Tanda Open Data Hackathon. You can check out the article here. We had 11 teams compete, with over 50 competitors of all ages and origins, whether that be university students, experienced programmers and even a team of young dreamers still in high school. There were some special guests too. We had three judges to assess and award the best team at the Hackathon. Adam Lyons, our very own whizkid at TandaHQ was the first judge. Then there was Keran McKeznie who flew up all the way from the MYOB base in Melbourne. He was even kind enough to give a recap on his experience at the event, at his blog here. Last but not least, there was surprise judge Jack McGuire – QUT’s student president and long time supporter of innovative business and young entrepreneurs. With the data provided there was a myriad of ideas no one could’ve imagined. The team called “Default Team Name”took the data and features Tanda provided to create the foundations of a face recognition app that could tell you your age, gender and ethnicity. To do that much coding in 24 hours was an impressive feat all of its own. Adam Hibble, one of the team members and president of QUT Code said “If were going to do something we going to be ambitious. So we did something that would normally take months to configure”. A flurry of fingers tapping keyboards resounded throughout the space in River City Labs where our hackáthon takes place. Hibble joked the staple diet of a programmer was pizza, sushi and caffeine. “I’ve had so much pizza,”he groaned. The winning team called them selves Two Weeks Notice. They created a feature that could predict if an employee was going to “chuck a sickie”with 85% accuracy. They tackled the $30 billion dollar problem of how to manage employees calling in sick, and with a fantastic pitch lead by Matthew Brown, it’s no wonder they won the Open Data Hackathon. It wasn’t all serious though. During the event Tanda invited everyone to participate in the selfie challenge using a Tanda Clock set up in the space. The lucky winner was Jessica Barron, who was awarded with a printed shirt featuring her winning happy snap. After a very exciting weekend, Tanda wants to say thank to all who were involved. We can’t wait to see what next year’s annual Hackathon will bring.

This article is about the 2015 event. Go to hack.tanda.co for 2016’s event details!

From selfie competitions to interesting discoveries – TandaHQ was buzzing with a crowd of people at last weekend’s official Hackathon.

After being featured at Business Acumen magazine, and interviewed on ABC Radio it seems web designers, developers and programmers flocked to Tanda in droves to get their chance at winning the Tanda Open Data Hackathon. You can check out the article here.

We had 11 teams compete, with over 50 competitors of all ages and origins, whether that be university students, experienced programmers and even a team of young dreamers still in high school.

There were some special guests too. We had three judges to assess and award the best team at the Hackathon. Adam Lyons, our very own whizkid at TandaHQ was the first judge. Then there was Keran McKeznie who flew up all the way from the MYOB base in Melbourne. He was even kind enough to give a recap on his experience at the event, at his blog here. Last but not least, there was surprise judge Jack McGuire – QUT’s student president and long time supporter of innovative business and young entrepreneurs.

With the data provided there was a myriad of ideas no one could’ve imagined. The team called “Default Team Name”took the data and features Tanda provided to create the foundations of a face recognition app that could tell you your age, gender and ethnicity. To do that much coding in 24 hours was an impressive feat all of its own.

Adam Hibble, one of the team members and president of QUT Code said “If were going to do something we going to be ambitious. So we did something that would normally take months to configure”.

A flurry of fingers tapping keyboards resounded throughout the space in River City Labs where our hackáthon takes place. Hibble joked the staple diet of a programmer was pizza, sushi and caffeine. “I’ve had so much pizza,”he groaned.

The winning team called them selves Two Weeks Notice. They created a feature that could predict if an employee was going to “chuck a sickie”with 85% accuracy. They tackled the $30 billion dollar problem of how to manage employees calling in sick, and with a fantastic pitch lead by Matthew Brown, it’s no wonder they won the Open Data Hackathon.

It wasn’t all serious though. During the event Tanda invited everyone to participate in the selfie challenge using a Tanda Clock set up in the space. The lucky winner was Jessica Barron, who was awarded with a printed shirt featuring her winning happy snap.

After a very exciting weekend, Tanda wants to say thank to all who were involved. We can’t wait to see what next year’s annual Hackathon will bring.

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