Today is the Clearspring Hackathon. This is an event run by our VP Engineering (shown here in all his glory), Will Meyer. The idea is that our product development team can pick any project related to our space/company and build without interruption. The catch? They have 24 hours.
The next day around noon we have a demo and go through the results which are often astounding. We have people build application communications platforms, fun widgets, operational tools and all kinds of doo-dads. Every time we do these events, the results get better and more interesting. Part of it is us growing up. But part of it is that this team just keeps getting better and better!
This has become a much anticipated cultural mainstay at our group. For those of you that have development-centric businesses, I highly recommend holding one. It reminds people how far they can go with focus, inspires and rewards the generation of bold ideas, and – frankly – is just plain fun.
I think this year we will have some really cool stuff that makes its way out there – especially around recommendations and innovative ways to share content.
What am I doing for my project? I am lifehacking to improve my organizational system and working on something sneaky. 🙂