Sage 24-hour Hackathon: Pizzas and coding round the clock

4 years ago

This is a guest post from Adam Graham, one of our Sage One Developers.

On the 23rd of July 2015 Sage hosted its inaugural 24 hour Hackathon.

Ideas were submitted from the 23rd of June and voted on until closing on the 10th of July. This was a chance for anyone in the business to put their ideas forward with the hope of getting people on their side. The top five ideas gained an entry to the Hackathon. All they needed now were a team of people to join them in their vision.

Five teams of six, made up of various disciplines across the business, were recruited to bring the ideas to life. Joining them was a student team from Sunderland University who came with their own idea ready for the 24 hour event. This brought together people who had never worked with each other before with varying skill sets to plan, develop and deliver in a short space of time.

During the 24 hours there was coding, sandwiches, flip charts, cakes, interviews, pizza, more coding, more pizza, sleep and finally bacon sandwiches for breakfast. The environment was great with background music, team huddles, and enough tea, coffee and pop to fill a small swimming pool. There were staff on hand at all times to make sure everyone involved was comfortable and catered for. All of this helped to keep people awake long enough to bring the ideas into reality.

The Dragons Den style pitches on the Friday completed the event with the teams sharing their solutions with the rest of Sage, demonstrating great talent in ideas and execution.

Credit to everyone involved in the event because the organisation was splendid, the support was amazing, the atmosphere was great and the energy was excellent; it was truly a SAGE event.

Most importantly, the Hackathon will likely be responsible for some exciting future enhancements to Sage One!