Bright and early on the morning of March 2nd, The Dock’s first ever Hackathon kicked off, bringing with it a day of innovation, experimentation and rapid prototyping.
For those new to the Hackathon concept, we define it as an intense, technology and software-centric ideation, prototyping and presentation challenge where multidisciplinary teams come together to bring high-potential ideas to life.
At the Dock, we see a Hackathon as an opportunity to collectively innovate and build prototypes that address real world problems.
In #HackMode at The Dock
After registering their teams and collecting their yellow Hackathon t-shirts, 100 innovators embarked upon an intensive 16-hour journey.
The theme for our Hackathon was the "Living Services"—"sophisticated, contextually-aware digital services designed to anticipate and respond to your needs" - as defined by Fjord.
Participants self-organised into 29 multidisciplinary teams of designers, software engineers and experts in areas like artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and IoT and worked on high-potential, innovative ideas.
A unique aspect of our Hackathon at The Dock was the availability of latest technology and devices, through Area 2.1—our brand new makerspace.
Teams had the option to work with augmented reality devices such as Microsoft HoloLens, VR devices, 3D scanners and 3D printers to create physical prototypes where needed.
Each team submitted a high-quality video pitch of their idea along with prototypes, code and additional artefacts to support their project, such as technical architecture and wireframes.
The project assessment process
Following the completion of the Hackathon, several members of The Dock leadership team participated in an assessment process which rated each project submission against five dimensions
The top eight projects were then pitched to a panel of judges and the winning projects were selected.
The victors were presented with the Hackathon trophy and will be given mentorship along with product advice to further iterate on their ideas and to prepare them for the next checkpoint, which is a detailed business proposal for their idea.
Hackathons are key to our culture here at The Dock. Over the coming months we will be running a number of Hackathons, in several forms and with different themes. Follow The Dock on Twitter for all future Hackathon news.