After our latest Hackathon I wanted to get feedback from our various participants on what they thought of the event and what they thought could be improved. We came up with three simple questions and welcomed any answers at all. What you see below is a sampling of the responses we received.
Describe the Hackathon in 3 words.
Veracoders Making Magic
Pretty Dang Awesome
Work is fun.
Dynamic scan visualization
Really Freakin’ Awesome
Whole lotta fun?
Cornucopia of imaginations
Should be everyday
Idea Implementation Time
What was your favorite hack from this Hackathon?
Ben’s Voltage Amplifier (I refer to it as the Lightning Gun)
Ethan’s work on generating DPA from SAF is just ludicrous
working domain auth on UNIX hosts
Mine of course (twurle!) J/K I had to sleep before I got to see most of them :(
I liked a bunch, but the OMGPonies one was up there.
all of them
Map viewer for the new office space.
Dynamic Operations Scan Queue UI
What would you like to see added that you feel would improve the next Hackathon?
More Participants from throughout Veracode
More dynamic project lists. The flip pads are very visible, but are all over the office. An easy-to-use online project list would make it easier to see all the projects. Unfortunately, a wiki page would not serve well due to the need for multiple simultaneous update access, so this may require its own hack.
The demo portion at the end could probably be a bit easier to attend and/or demo. Most of this would likely be solved by our new space.
Some sort of online team collaboration suite where we could form “virtual” work-groups before the hack-a-thon and start brainstorming/researching ideas with like minded peeps
More participation from outside core engineering. We got great hacks from Sarah (ponies), and Anne (tasty drinks). I would even go farther. I know there are some very imaginative Avid and eDialog people.
More diverse bounties – Having a wider amount of topics for the bounty would get more people involved.
Burritos shipped to Japan.
T-shirts that fit.
A huge thank you to all our Veracoders that took time out of their busy schedules to give us feedback. We're hoping our next Hackathon happens in December and we will do our best to incorporate your feedback, thanks again!
Neil is a Marketing Technologist working on the Content and Corporate teams at Veracode. He manages much of the Veracode web presence while also working on strategic interactive media projects. In his spare time you'll find him drinking the CrossFit kool-aid, getting overly competitive in a video game, or doting over his lovely wife and daughter.
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