Recap of StubHub’s First Annual Hackathon
StubHub’s first ever hackathon was held on the weekend of May 17th. We had over 25 participants join us for the opening social hour Friday evening where Director of Software Development, Mehdi Ghazizadeh, gave an introductory speech before two full nights of hacking.
Participants socialized briefly then formed teams. Most teams worked through both of the nights. By Sunday morning, four teams of various sizes presented ideas for prizes. Though the rules did not require it, all of the teams ended up using the StubHub and Zvents APIs.
The final presentations showcased awesome experiences around events:
First place ($5,000): Scheme Zone – an application to organize “schemes” such as “the wave” at events. Collaboration involved text chat, a group video chat, and a seat map with all participants.
Second prize ($3,000): Take Me Out – A dating application around events. Singles would log in, choose events, and the application would pair them up for a date to the event.
Third prize ($2,000): MerchPerch – A team of six formed this merchandising experience for both sellers and buyers. Sellers had access to inventory management tools. Buyers had access to a web application to purchase merchandise at events without needing to stand in line. This team stood out on formal engineering process — they created requirements, then wireframes, then formed 3 teams of 2 to code the various components. They asked some of our engineers for API and DataModel help.
No prize: Rota – A music discovery application. Unfortunately for this team of two, by presentation time, very little outside of a nonfunctional menu was complete.
It was a very energizing experience for everyone. Many thanks to the StubHub Boston engineering along with many of the folks from the San Francisco office for help making this hackathon a reality.
Stay tuned. More StubHub hackathons to come! Visit us on Linked In to learn more about job opportunities at StubHub.