Nowadays we’re constantly striving for change, for measurable improvement, for anything that will enhance our everyday life. One evidently working method to develop new or optimise already existing tools which are used at a company or in day-to-day life are hackathons. Over the past years they have become more and more mainstream. You will find coders, interface designers, UX specialists and others with an interest and knowledge in the field gathering, to step out of their normal roles and skill sets to develop, design and hack creative solutions for the latest technology challenges.
But why “hackathon-ing” by yourself if it’s only a matter of time until someone else will develop something to ease the usage of a certain tool? Well, that question is easily answered. Besides the consequently amazing feeling you probably get from creating something new that originated from your inventiveness, hackathons are often used by employers as a recruiting method to find skilled people, which are able to perform and focus under pressure. Simply put, they are a great way to showcase your ability to work in a team and come-up with something prodigious in a given timeframe. And above all, they are a great occasion to meet new people and expand your professional network – the reasons for participating in hackathons are endless.
The next generation
Induced by the worldwide proliferation of video-enabled consumer devices, Over-the-top (OTT) videos are an indispensable feature for businesses. Online video platforms (OVP) have seen tremendous growth over the past years, as companies are realising their power as a communication tool. Simply put, there is no way around accepting OVP’s as an integrated part of our digital identity and companies have to address the rising need for creativity and simplicity accordingly. This cries out for new efficient ideas to tackle the current technology challenges in enterprises. With the constantly growing number of OVP providers on the market, the variety of applications is similarly increasing, which has its upsides for the end-users, but creates an increasing competitive landscape for vendors. The pressure of differentiating their products and service offerings through a clear and unique value proposition is bigger than ever before, thus they are constantly striving for new innovative ideas to meet the demand of the end-users.
The programming sprint-like event
If you had 24 hours and the full technological resources to build a prototype, tool, app or website relating to an internal communication, knowledge management, intranet or digital workplace tool, what would you create?
On the 26th of April, as part of the Intra.NET Reloaded conference and in cooperation with Kaltura, we are organising a 24h Hackathon in Berlin, addressing the current challenges of incorporating video into internal communication, knowledge management, intranets and the digital workplaces. Get involved now and code something awesome: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/IntraHack