TelerikHack 2014

It’s been a week since the Telerik Hackathon finished and I finally have some spare time and energy to write this blog post about the amazing experience I had this past weekend.

The first time I heard about the hackathon, I wasn’t too excited about it, but I had a free time during that weekend and I decided to register. Well, I’m glad I did, because the event was more than good.

It was my first hackathon and I didn’t know what to expect. I asked a friend of mine whether he wanted to participate in a team with me and as easy as that I found my teammate! My teammate was the one who had the idea for the app and on the evening of October 17th we were at Telerik’s HQ in Sofia!

Our idea was simple – a chat app that connects people who want to meet new friends, but protects your privacy – we decided that the only need the user needs to do to start using the app is to take a picture of him/herself at the moment. And that’s all – you then see photos of other people who are using the app at this moment and if you both like each other – you are taken to a chat screen where you can send messages. After you leave the chat, everything is erased and you can continue to chat with other people.

It was fairly simple idea, but the time was too short even for two developers to get a working app. We did our best, but most of the functionality wasn’t done. We knew we wouldn’t make it to the second round of judging, but the experience was very valuable and it was worth attending.

Also to mention that our hosts at Telerik had made everything to ensure we are comfortable and able to work for 48 hours straight. There was food at all times, drinks (energy drinks and coffee!) and tech support to help us when we had issues or couldn’t do some task with Telerik’s Platform.

A nice addition were all the presents we received – nice bottle, a pillow and free t-shirts! All the participants that attended the event got a free one-year license to use the Telerik Platform to develop their app or convert their other ideas into apps.

I can’t wait until next year to go and win this hackathon! 🙂

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