Summer came and went quickly here at Beckon. And with the fall solstice just a few days away, I wanted to share a peek into what we’ve been up to the past few months.
As in previous years, our annual Hackathon landed on the calendar this past July. We had 20+ teams working on projects to make Beckon (the product and the company!) better. Overall project themes included data transformation, data ingestion optimization, machine learning, and even connecting Beckon to Google Home. Not all projects were product-focused; our office manager partnered with a few engineers to devise a system for managing office rooms and resources.
Teams worked late into the night in hopes of claiming the 2018 Hackathon trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Judges scored teams based on their 7-minute presentations, the quality of their real-time demos, and innovation in bettering the business. Winning categories included Best Office Hack, Best Machine Learning Hack, Best Application Hack, and Best Platform Hack. In previous years, winners’ projects are well on their way to becoming available for use in the product, so be sure to stay up to date with Beckon’s latest product updates.
With winners selected and bragging rights allocated, we celebrated with a mid-summer BBQ, complete with grilling, drinks, and games. Beckonites are as hard-working as they are vibrant and sprightly.
Here’s to the end of a wonderful summer and hope for a spirited fall!