ICYMI: What went down at Workplace by Facebook’s first-ever Manila Hackathon

Janine Urquico

21 November 2018    |   

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.

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.

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Collaboration is an esteemed means to an end. Anywhere you are — in the workplace or in school — we believe that the best ideas more often than not emerge from a collaborative effort. In Tanda, where employees come from different time zones, we understand how teamwork gets more stuff done. We aim to preach this to amazing tech talents who are passionate and willing to go beyond their comfort zone. We constantly give them an avenue to create and showcase what they’ve got. So, together with Workplace by Facebook, we’ll be running our first-ever Hackathon in Asia, and it’s happening right here in Manila! The event will kick off on November 9 (Friday), 3pm and will run overnight until November 10 (Saturday), 2pm. What’s at stake here? Aside from the mentorship, you will get from both Tanda and Workplace by Facebook some really exciting prizes! A set of experts from said companies will be judging what you come up with, and the winner will take home P30,000 and 1 unit of Oculus Go. We’ll also present a Developers’ Choice Award, which will be judged by the attendees and will be given to the team who got the most votes from their co-participants; they will take home P10,000. You can go as a solo player or team up with up to five other people. The limit is six in one team, and we expect a lot of compelling ideas turned bots, digital assistants, and other forms of integration. Are you up for the challenge? If you’re interested to join, you have to know what you should be building. The theme for this hackathon is all about Integrating Tanda and Workplace by Facebook. The challenge is simple: In under 24 hours, you have to build a unique and compelling feature relating to roster management and incorporate this solution within Workplace by Facebook. It will be an overnight coding event where representatives from your host companies will be present throughout the event to guide hackers with their works. Both Tanda and Workplace by Facebook share a common goal: Tanda is a platform that helps businesses make employment easier and more productive and Workplace by Facebook is a new platform for people to communicate within teams from different organisations. It’s an opportunity for you to share your passion and get rewarded for your desire to solve complex challenges. Come along and work with us to build something interesting. Just bring your own laptop and that Hackathon spirit, and we’ll take care of the rest! This hackathon is a free event open to all designers, developers, and hackers. To join, follow our Facebook page and register at www.bit.ly/manilahackathon. Tickets are limited to 50 participants only, and they’re running out fast so get yours now: www.bit.ly/manilahackathontickets

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Janine Urquico

An event coordinator for Tanda, I have technical expertise in project management and brand activation. On the side, I take care of a startup business and enjoy practicing yoga.

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