The Bunny Inc. Bogota office, lovingly called “The Bunnyplex,” has played host to many events, including talks on entrepreneurship, happy hours, and many foosball tournaments among our team, but nothing as inspiring and challenging as our first ever Bunny Inc. Hackathon on May 15th through 17th, 2015. Seventy programmers crossed the threshold of the Bunnyplex, ready to take on a big challenge: create a product that enables humankind to reach its full potential (this happens to be our goal and motto here at Bunny Inc.). This intense, 3-day-event brought together front-end developers, back-end developers, hackers, and designers, some of which were participating in this type of event for the first time.
We kicked off Friday night with a round of inspiration from our judges. We heard how companies like Grooveshark, founded by Andrés Barreto, were conceived to have a global impact right from the get go. Alex Torrenegra, CEO of Bunny Inc., shared the story of how WeHostels, a company that was later sold, was created during a startup weekend. We also heard the story of coding immersions that allowed the first version of Letmego to go live and we even got a glimpse of pictures of the team during the whole process. After the talks, the hackers were eager to get to work, so it was time to mix, mingle, and start building teams that would spend the next 48 hours building a product that could change lives for the better.
Our hackers were desperate to get started and showed up early on Saturday morning, armed with laptops and caffeine. The energy continued throughout the day and into the late evening. Some teams even stayed up all night to put the finishing touches to their projects!
Finally, it was time to see what these hackers had built. Sunday afternoon’s presentations showcased the ingenuity and talent Bogota’s developer community has to offer. We saw it all: from apps that map our city to identify dangerous road bumps to tech greenhouses.
It was very difficult for the judges to choose the top three of the 23 teams that presented as all the teams worked hard and built some great products. Here are the three chosen as those which would help humankind reach its full potential:
First Place: Nicetrip
Christian Zuluaga and Juan Camilo Rodriguez were the big winners! They won plane tickets to San Francisco, a mentoring session with our very own Alex Torrenegra and with Hernan Aracena (CEO of oja.la), a yearly subscription to oja.la and 4 months of free subscription to Rackspace. Christian and Juan Camilo created an app called Nicetrip. This product helps travelers with limited amounts of money and time to maximize their experience while visiting a city. With this app, you can specify the amount of money and time you have to visit a specific city and it advises which routes to follow so you can maximize the number of touristic places you can visit with the money and time you have available.
This project was based on a common computational problem called “the traveling salesman problem.” But, in addition to using a time variable, they added a money variable. They proposed heuristic and brute force techniques to solve an issue with great computational reach.
Second Place: Veritas
This team, made up of Carlos Avila, Luis Bejarano and Andrés Lujan, came up with a solution to help recruiters and hiring managers with no technical background select the best candidates for their job vacancies.
The product uses GitHub profiles to run code analysis, searching for the best programming practices, popularity, and quality of the code. This framework provides rankings that enables users to select the candidate that scores the highest from a pool of applicants.
Third Place: Theroku
This infrastructure hack allows developers to load balance two different heroku servers so that a free tier application never goes to sleep, enabling a better user experience at a lower cost for developers.
We hope this was the first of many Bunny Inc. hackathons. We believe that promoting and providing spaces of cohesion and cooperation to the software community will empower more great minds by giving them access to mentors, the ability to find other developers, and encourage them to create more projects and demonstrate their skills.
To check all pictures of the event go here.