This weekend, the third Burda Hackday (topic: Future of Finance) which I was responsible for took place in Munich – again, a lot of learnings for the next hackathons and a lot of fun! I will later publish a post with some tips for hackathon organizers, but this time I’d just concentrate on the winning projects.
To sum up: I was impressed by the sheer number of good ideas and the quality of hacks. This was the biggest hackathon I’ve organized so far, with 100 participants and 25 hacks. You can see all projects here. And here’re the winners:
1 place: ShareX Flights – platform to trade flight tickets like stock options on an open market place, bringing together the different interests of carriers, travellers and investors. This is it: A platform which can disrupt a billion dollar business.
2 place: Make Bank – let users see their expences and offer recommendaions on the possible saving potential (“If you stop buying coffee in the morning and instead buy a coffee machine, you will be able to save 3%”).
3 place: StorteBrokr – don’t ask me where the name comes from, but the idea is quite simple: open your account and start trading immidiately, without a complicated verification process. Get notified about important events and company news and act upon them immidiately.
We also had API prizes and some special prizes. Here’s a short overview.
We’ve had a great feedback so far, here’re some quotes which in my opinion clearly show what is important for the participants:
“My first hackathon and a really first atmosphere among people, not looking down at people who can’t code – maybe I’ll learn some coding now.”
“I liked every part of the hackathon. It was very well organized and well managed. Everything was on time and working properly”.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect coders and ideas”