Our second hackathon – The Telstra Challenge Cup
Our second hackathon –the Telstra Challenge Cup– began with the company’s best hipsters, hackers and hustlers crowded into the back room of Trunk Diner, right near the Telstra HQ in Melbourne. For those who don’t know, the Telstra Challenge Cup is an intense, fast paced event where teams of designers, developers and marketers work together using customer insights to rapidly prototype technology solutions that can be brought to scale. Basically they take a customer-first approach in connecting their roles to end user experiences – I was proud to be a part of it.
So there we were at Trunk, we listened to impassioned idea owners pitch their challenges – then as participants, it was our job to align ourselves with an idea, and ultimately, our team for the next two days.
I joined a team as a developer for a challenge that would help employees do their jobs more effectively. No time was wasted. We only had 48 hours and we knew it would be tough. We started as strangers and quickly transformed into a solid and co-operative team. The developers coded frantically, the designer worked his magic, and the marketer flooded social media. By the time it was pens down at lunch on Friday we had a working prototype that was ready to release to all employees. Luckily, the judges agreed that we nailed it. Many coffees, yawns and scary moments later, we won the Telstra Challenge Cup!
Take a look at the video for a behind-the-scenes view into our world over those two days…
Matt Birman - Rapid Prototyper
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