I think, that’s the right title for this post. Last Saturday we had the greatest hackathon ever in the Android Aalto Community. We came up with interesting ideas to develop in the community, we created two teams of developers, we got new members in the community, and the most important: both teams had a working prototype by the end of the evening Furthermore, we got two new coordinators in the community: welcome Marcos and Donato!
We have now improved hackathons by starting much earlier (around 13:00). We have also focused on development skills now, so we talk less and do more From now on, we will keep people in two teams: Autobots (less-skilled people) and Decepticons (people who can write at least some Android code). Both teams brainstormed and came up with two very nice ideas, one for the Autobots and another one for the Decepticons. Autobots were working on Droidkino, a very nice application that fetches the Finnkino information about latest movies and shows everything in your mobile phone. If you ever want to watch a movie and don’t know what’s on today, Droidkino is the way to go! Find a screenshot of the working prototype at the bottom of the post.
Decepticons started working on a very cool idea about creating music with gestures, called SoundFused. The idea is to create different sounds with gestures and movements of the phone/tablet. However, for now, the team created a digital sequencer that generates music out of samples using tempos. See the video at the bottom of the post, about the working prototype.
We were 11-12 people and we hacked from 15:00 to 23:30, it was a great event. We agreed to finish at 18:00, but both teams were so enthusiastic about their projects, that we stayed almost till midnight. We had a nice lunch with hand-made dessert, all thanks to Elisa, who also paid drinks and beers for the event. The event was held in the Aalto Venture Garage, provided by AaltoES.
To conclude, I’d like to thank each of the participants that yesterday made possible the best hackathon event ever in the community. The Droidkino application is something useful and very suitable both for learning and for putting an application that can be beneficial for Finnkino and users as well, so we are looking forward to develop it further. SoundFuse is more of a long-term project, and it looks very promising. And for the coming hackathons, we can create more teams and assign new tasks, it is all about YOU, people! So THANKS for a great event and see you in the next one! Stay tuned for the new date and time…