Learnosity @ #AWShine Hackathon 2015

brodyIn this week’s blog, Brody McKee, one of the Software Engineers here at Learnosity, gives an account of the recent AWShine Hack:

Over the weekend, members of the Learnosity team joined AWShine – a hackathon focussed on both diversity in the workplace and innovative development on top of Amazon Web Services. The day started with some clever entrepreneurs pitching a broad range of ideas. The audience chose their favourite ideas, teams formed, and work began on bringing those ideas to life. And then the real fun started.

Teams conceptualised, designed, developed, and deployed with speed and ease using the latest languages, frameworks, and tools. All of this in just two days, with a few teams working well into the night.

Learnosity’s team, on hand as mentors, were lucky enough to be a part of all of that fun. The team was able to offer guidance on decision-making, problem-solving, leadership, strategy (business and technical), along with assisting teams in making technology decisions. Some of the projects even utilised Learnosity’s technologies, which was really exciting and rewarding for the team.

There were some amazing and truly innovative ideas brought to life over the two-day event. From online copywriting services for Chinese manufacturers, through to location-based social channels, the event showcased some of the best aspects of developing in the cloud. In the end, a winners had to be chosen and the judges were left with some very hard choices to make.

AWShine HackOne of the judges was Learnosity’s own Denis Hoctor, who had the honour of giving away second prize on behalf of Learnosity to the BadgerMe team – each team member received an iPad Mini.

First prize went to the amazing team behind CopyConnect, which made use of IBM’s Watson to analyse copy as part of a broader copywriting service they were building. Whilst one of the smallest teams, they managed to produce a very impressive demo and a solid business case.

The crowd favourite was Bubble7, an amazing app that enabled the audience to connect to and talk to people within a seven meter bubble around them. The Bubble7 team engaged over 40 people in their demo during their presentation and will go on to receive assistance and mentoring as they build out their application into a more featured platform.

We’ll keep an eye on the winners over the coming months, and we’re hoping to see products like CopyConnect, BadgerMe, and Bubble7 make big impacts.

– Brody McKee

AWShine Hack 2015

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