Hackathons have a rich and storied tradition in the world of computer coding. Facebook has its all-night hackathons to create innovative and creative products. So does Making Waves in Krakow, Poland!
More than 20 people attended: the majority were from Krakow, while some came from far beyond Krakow. In addition, 10 or so Making Waves staff and two representatives from meet.js were making sure that everything was according to plan.
The day started of with introductory remarks by Pawel Brod and Konrad Dzwinel, who work at Making Waves. Their job was to explain the basics of the day to help everybody participate in the day’s events. This was followed by a 3-hour coding competition comprised of three performance optimisation tasks involving using proper algorithms, DOM manipulation and canvas animations. Prizes were given to the winners. Each of the winners received a Raspberry Pi with some extras.
As everyone knows, the way to a coders’ hearts is through their stomachs, so lunch followed the competition. Making Waves provided lunch for the participants in the on-site company canteen.
One might wonder how the day went. Did people enjoy themselves? Perhaps we will let the participants speak for themselves. Participants were provided with a survey in which they could evaluate the day’s events. This is some of what they had to say. For the record, the survey was anonymous.
“I wish this event lasted for 6 weeks so that I could take a vacation from work, seat here and learn all the good stuff!”
“I enjoyed the competition and meet.js presentations. It was great to see other people results during the coding time, they were extremely motivating to think harder and find those optimisations!”
“The atmosphere, professionalism, good planning and good timing. There was not a second to get bored. I also liked the prizes and the food.”