Last weekend saw the Cronofy team head down to Hack24 – one of the best events in our calendar. Not only we were headline sponsors, we also set a challenge, baked cupcakes, raised money for charity, and developed a hack of our own!
Nottingham’s Council House proved to be a grand yet comfortable venue for the event, and there was plenty of space for all 150 hackers to code, relax, and eat.
Co-organizer Andrew Seward’s keynote opened the event, and then our CEO Adam Bird took to the stage to talk passionately about Framework, a homelessness charity that does incredible work to support vulnerable people and help them rebuild their lives.
Following Adam, CTO Garry Shutler announced the Cronofy challenge for the weekend. If you’re interested in having a go at it yourself, you can find all the details here: Call Back to the Future.
After the airhorn sounded, it was time to get down to work.
Our team decided to enter a challenge based around redesigning and revisualising a company’s organisation chart.
— Cronofy (@cronofy) March 20, 2016
We also made 170 cupcakes in return for Framework donations:
As it got dark, the hackers were still going strong, and many worked through the night with only two or three hours’ sleep. We took a break to play Exploding Kittens, and take part in a game of Family Fortunes (we lost, badly!).
The next morning saw everyone get straight back to work after a great breakfast of bacon, sausage and egg rolls, and the atmosphere got quite tense as teams rushed to make the hack and video deadlines.
Time went extremely quickly, and next thing we knew it was time for Garry to judge the Cronofy entries and hand out the prizes to the winning teams.
It was really difficult to pick winners for our Amazon vouchers and mystery box prizes because there were so many fantastic submissions, but in the end Garry selected Transparent Red with their fridge calendar integration as the overall winners.
Chaos Is Just A Theory and their event arrangement hack were the winners of our geeky mystery box, which was packed with everything from Nerds to zombie card games to dinosaurs to Star Wars figures.
We’ll be covering their hacks – and running through the other submissions – in detail on the blog soon, but in the meantime here’s a still teaser of Transparent Red’s brilliant explanatory video:
The other sponsors and challenge setters ran through their winners – we got a respectable second place for our submission! – and then it was time to wrap up the day and head to the after party or bed, depending on general tiredness!
Our challenge raised £140 for Framework, and with the donation buckets (which Hack24 matched) and event hoodie sales, everyone helped to make a big difference to helping homeless people in the community.
Hack24 wouldn’t be the fantastic event it is without all the hard work of Emma and Andrew Seward, who never fail to cater for every last detail. Coding can be a pretty isolating job sometimes, so it’s fantastic to have such a great community and events that bring everyone together to help share knowledge and ideas and have a lot of fun. We can’t wait for next year guys!
In the meantime, if just can’t get enough of hacks, take a look at the Cronofy/TopCoder Fun Hackathon Challenge!