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Challenge & Solution
With developers in small, sometimes isolated teams all over the world our client was searching for a way to connect them. Besides collaboration, there has been the wish to create something new.
Besides the different time zones and cultures, there were more challenges to address. For example, how could we bring together dozens of colleagues on one day? Our client evaluated with us the possibility of an one day Hackathon. Under normal circumstances, a great way to get developers together, but difficult in a large corporate environment. Especially, given the fact that a lot of the developers in the organization were new to events like this.
As participants and Hackathon enthusiasts, we had answers to a lot of the questions but had to adapt the known Design Sprint event. Moderation, coordination, infrastructure and the given challenge were the biggest impediments we had to master.
We started with a centrepiece, the challenge, which we found in an actual problem of another group within the clients’ organization. We created our own solutions in our internal development team to help identify potential showstoppers to the developers of the client and determine if it’s even possible in the given time. Taking care of this, we also created the needed virtual environments so that creativity and productivity wouldn’t be stopped by updating drivers and searching for the right software.
With the given challenge, we then moved on to set up time schedules for the international teams, as well as qualitative and quantitative measures to rate different creative solutions to the given problem. This provided our clients with the ease of mind of a fully structured day over five different time zones.
Last but not least, we supported the event with developers and consultants, offering help with the various problems the teams might face.
With teams in five time zones and over 100 hackers, we created a day full of knowledge sharing and creative solution design. The business unit had several very creative software solutions to their given problem, some of them even workable.
But considering the given timebox of just one day, we achieved more than bringing people to work on a given problem. The hackers also learned about new methods in software and project management. In the lunchbreaks and through video conferences we created an environment of getting to know each other.
Based on the overwhelming feedback, Hackathons are now part of our client’s culture. Besides, hackers return, bring new colleagues and expand their networks within the community.
Our colleagues still talk about the energy of the hackers and their passion to learn and to create.