Hackathon & OVH World Tour
It’s a rare day that I will wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning, especially as I’m a full time Student at the moment. Be that as it may, a few weeks ago I agreed to do exactly that so that along with my housemates I could go into university and take part in a Hackathon that had been organised by one of our senior lecturers Philip Windridge, in association with the company OVH.
We got to uni and broke off into groups before being talked through what the day would entail. The goal of the day was to take one of three possible scenarios and with only about 8 hours of working time create a working solution that could possibly help OVH in the future. The scenario my group decided to tackle was to find a way to assess social media impressions of the company and its products in real time and then feed back to staff members.
The day itself was really interesting and I was surprised by how much we were able to accomplish in the time we had, I thought that at best we would get to a point of having some mock-ups and pseudo code for how the application would work. However, by the end of the day we had a fully working prototype that was able to read in Twitter data in real time judging the tonality of the tweets and even sending out notifications to staff devices letting them know when something is going wrong.
The next step for us was to present what we had created to the other groups and the OVH representatives. Our application seemed to go down very well but was up against some tough competition from the other groups taking part, so it was up in the air who would be awarded first place for the day. The judges explained that it was really close but we were really happy to be awarded first place. As part of the day my team also put me forward as the MVP of our group meaning that I ended up winning the MVP for the day.
We then realised that our prize was to go to London and present it again. Which is what bought us to again getting up before it was even light out to go on a 5-hour coach ride to London for the OVH World Tour. During the day we were treated to a range of talks about server technologies and the future of the internet of things.
During the day we had the chance to again present what we had completed during the Hackathon. All in all it went really smoothly and it was a great experience being able to get up and showcase the work we had done.