It was the 9th and 10th of November that GDG Brunei DevFest took place and I was lucky enough to be physically there to help run the event and Hackathon. It was a fun, and as with all things tech, there were technical difficulties but you live and you learn.
We split the hackathon into 2 sections: 1 for competing and 1 for learning. I tried to take the OpenTechSchool approach by giving them some resources and being around if they had any questions. I have to say that I really did enjoy going from table to table to see what people were working on and interact with them.
The hackathon document we shared is available at http://gdg.com.bn/hackathon_doc and is a work in progress. Below is some feedback I have for the teams that participated in the hackathon and I myself do welcome any feedback on the way we ran the event and the document shared.
- A good consolidation of links, but need to work on focus and polish (be more than just a collection of links to the website)
- Feature complete (minus the demo fail, given benefit of doubt that it works) and solves their problem at hand
- Had good future expansion idea of using GCM for messaging
- Suggestion to possibly use 3rd party logins (e.g. Facebook / Twitter / OpenID) as seemed like yet another login mechanism
- Felt that the novelty and community aspects were lacking
Prograstinators : Foodish
- Looks nice and a good social crowd sourcing idea
- Design seems to be a fixed mobile width only (would suggest responsive design)
- Not so novel: similar idea to Urbanspoon and Find Me Food
- Seem to be the folks from http://www.morningmobi.com | http://cikgu.tv | http://www.megabond-productions.com (all the best in your other ventures) (p.s. I got the MorningMobi link in the source code of your page)
- A good use of WordPress as the CMS
- Extra points from me for using the Raspberry Pi!
- Seems like a good business solution but felt community aspect was lacking
- Would suggest trying to use some responsive web design frameworks like Twitter Bootstrap / Zurb Foundation to make it usable for mobile
- I think I saw that if a user registered, they could see the entire user registration listing. Regular users shouldn’t see such information and that should only be shown to admins
- -Presentation tip: prefill the form fields before hand. Took quite a while to fill in the form, and with a 2 minute presentation limit, it just wastes time
Find me Food
- Good effort and hope you all learned how to build a web app. Keep at it and learn
- A nice native Android app look
- Liked the crowd sourcing nature to solve a problem which contributed to the novelty and community aspects
- Obviously wasn’t fully complete but the finish and design did look nice and seems to be on the right track
- Looking forward to seeing it on the Play Store
- Nice use of GPS location and extracting data from Google maps
- A good effort and the social good is there
If any of the participants would like to plug their own company / apps / on-goings, feel free to post a comment below. We also hope to have more events like this in the future, with a community aspect to it, so if you have ideas just throw them in and we’ll see what we can do! Hope to see you all at the next corner…