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【First Hackathon】What Kind of App Development Ideas Came Up?

Blog 2019 / 11 / 13

【First Hackathon】What Kind of App Development Ideas Came Up?



Hello, I am Moe. I am working as an intern in Monstar Lab Bangladesh base. In this article, I will introduce Hackathon which was held in our company a few days back!

What is Hackathon?

Actually, I myself came to know about this word, hackathon, on the day it was introduced in our company. For those who are like me, let me explain a little about hackathon first.

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including domain experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software or hardware with the goal of creating a functioning product by the end of the event. (Google)

 

Flow of this event

For the first  time, it was held in our Bangladesh base, and the event was as follows.

S M Asad Rahman (CTO of Monstar Lab Bangladesh) said “Let’s do Hackathon!” and kicked off the event!

  1. Explanation about Hackathon 
  2. Submitting Ideas – within two days of the announcement.
  3. Presentation of Proposals  (current problems and ideas of solution) 
  4. Final Presentation of Development Results – 5 days after the presentation

The event was about 1 week long  in total. It was very fast! Only 5 days to do all of these!

 

1.Explanation about Hackathon

The goals of this Hackathon are as follows

Increase our innovation capacity

Improve team bonding, decrease “sectionalism”

Improve sense of ownership, improve productivity

Practicing better, efficient delivery to clients

Improve our internal process

Giving value to the society

Hackathon ideation was not limited, rather it was encouraged to solve any kind of problem, such as related to “our company operations”, “Bangladesh”, “software development”, etc.  It was a free participation event.

 

2.Submitting Ideas

Employees listening to the explanation of Asad, CTO

 

What surprised me when the hackathon started many employees asked me, “What is your idea?”, “I’m looking forward to listening to your presentation!”, “Looking  forward to my presentation!” etc. I wasn’t going to attend the event at first, but it seemed I was expected by many colleagues, and thus I decided to make a presentation and submit my idea!

A total of 36 ideas were gathered! 

Many employees actively participated, in spite being an optional event, and the ideas were gathered from about 60 employees!

 

3.Presentation of Proposals

Score points while listening to the presentations

 

Just before the presentation, the presenter speaking order was decided by lottery, and each person then went forward and gave a presentation for about 2 minutes.

Every time Asad drew a lottery, I was thrilled when my turn would come. But when I was called by name, I just wanted to run away from this place! However I gathered courage to present in front of everyone. I was very nervous to give my presentation in front of all, but everyone listened seriously and I managed to finish it!

 

What is the result of idea presentations?

While listening to the presentation, everyone scored and some of the rankings are here!

The first place went to  “Dengue Fever Spot Detection App” that impressed me!

In this app, the range of actions before the person who suffered from dengue fever is aggregated, and it is possible to see on the map where the most number of people have developed dengue. The app proposed  that it may be possible to identify places which are at risk of dengue fever and thus focus on mosquito control is expected.

And  Dictionary for Japanese to Bengali Application, an app that our  another intern student thought was ranked in the top ten. (By the way, I was in 30th place.)

 

Develop the ideas

After the idea presentation, development began. An idea proponent then formed a team of their choice and developed for the final presentation in 5 days.

I could see teams meeting during the lunch break and even  developing after work hours.

Talking with team members after work

 

This teams are  also seriously under development

 

 4.Final presentation of development results

After one week,it was time for the final presentation. There were  5 final presenters!

I would have liked to introduce all five, but for now, I will skip all but introduce two projects. 

I interviewed Saad and Tanveer who were the representatives of different team.

 

1 : Platform Connecting Different Tech Entities

Moe
Moe
What problem did your team choose?

 

We selected “Software Development”
Saad
Saad

 

Moe
Moe
Could you tell me about the development?

 

Sure, We wanted to design and create a platform in 5 days that can connect all the sectors of a tech company, and serves as a complete visibility platform of developer’s skills and tools.
We further ensured that this product serves as a knowledge base for an entire tech company.
Saad
Saad

 

Moe
Moe
I see. So what feature stands out the most that you developed
To make it easily accessible for developers, we integrated Google Actions, i.e. one can simply ask, “Ok Google, I want to talk to…” and ask a series of questions to get more information about the developers.
Saad
Saad

 

Moe
Moe
With this platform, even a company with many bases will share the skills, tools, and experience of engineers, and it can be developed more efficiently! I look forward to development in the future!

 

2 : Bot for internal communication tools, BOB

Moe
Moe
What problem did your team choose?

 

The problem that our team wants to solve is nuisance such as trash on the desks, someone using other’s personal chargers, or talking too loudly.
Tanveer
Tanveer

 

Moe
Moe
I see. How have you dealt with such nuisance so far?

 

They are warned in slack or put up with such “nuisance” before.
Tanveer
Tanveer

 

Moe
Moe
What does this BOB do for this problem?

 

If you send BOB something that is difficult to say directly or something you are patient, BOB will speak in slack instead. In other words, you can tell something anonymously.
Tanveer
Tanveer

 

Moe
Moe
If you are told by this adorable BOB, you might be able to improve comfortably!
Please let me know if there are any special features of BOB.

 

Yes, BOB is characterized by  sugarcoating “dissatisfaction and caution” and calling out to the whole rather than to the individual.
Tanveer
Tanveer

 

 

Moe
Moe
A very adorable character that seems to be popular in Slack! I look forward to the day when BOB plays an active role.

 

What is the final result of Hackathon?

Stay tuned for the final results.

 

Conclusion

Hackathon was held for the first time, but there were many employees actively participating. We were able to gather a lot of ideas and proceeded to development. I initially thought that the period of about a week was short, but the commitment of the engineers to development was commendable.

In this blog, we introduced the Hackathon event, but various events are held at the Monstar Lab Bangladesh base each year. (Other events will be introduced in another article) Employees are highly independent and actively participate in events, so every events are  exciting! Moreover, there is no strict hierarchical relationship, and all employees have the right to speak equally.

 


 

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