Last week marked another Oneflare Hackathon, our quarterly R&D event which sees creative minds in overdrive and competition unleashed! The timing of Halloween saw the office completely decked out with pumpkins, cobwebs, and an ensemble of ghoulish characters over the course of 3 days.

Typically individuals will ideate over the course of the week, coming together to form groups on the Wednesday afternoon, leaving two and a half days of valuable hacking time! Hot skills to look for in a team member: whiteboarding, slide-building, design, and coding.

A selection of Hackathon Dream Teams

For me, Hackathon provides a unique opportunity for both technical and non-technical individuals to collaborate. As a proud member of the latter, my team was comprised of colleagues from Product, Marketing, and Engineering. Our idea: Oneflare Assist – the ability to request emergency home services directly from a user’s native messaging app. Thankfully having two devs in our team, we were off to a good start!

Inspired by Google’s Click-to-Message and Apple’s recently announced Business Chat, our future world imagined a user managing their entire job experience including scheduling, payment, and business matching, all via iMessage. Despite our chatbot being a human (fake it ‘til you make it), we delivered a pretty compelling proposal!

What made this Hackathon particularly different was the active input from all teams, not only R&D. Ideas were spun up, energy (and sugar levels) were high, and talent was showcased across the organisation. Friday’s presentations were some of the best yet and many will no doubt be implemented in the not too distant future!

Until next time, over and out.

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