Around 40 hackers arose early on a Saturday morning, specifically last 21 May 2016 and registered at the AngelHack Cebu a two-day event held at A SPACE, a brand-spanking new co-working space in Crossroads Mall, Banilad, Cebu. It was participated in by students and professionals from various industries. A good number, though, were software developers.
Hackathon: a gathering of developers, designers and entrepreneurs with the goal to build, test and launch new products or solutions over the course of a weekend.
The event was the Cebu leg of a global series by AngelHack, the world’s largest community of hackers and a pioneer or global hackathons.
The event started at around 10:00, when participants started forming teams. Some teamed up with their friends, while some pitched their product ideas to everyone to look for interested would-be teammates. After a few minutes, everyone was grouped in 5 to 6 persons per team, each one having a product idea to develop over the course of that weekend. There were 8 teams. The hacking then commenced at around 11:00.
Participants listen as rules are outlined.
The hacking continued well into the night, some pulling an all-nighter, amidst the loud music, since the venue is beside numerous bars with rowdy partygoers enjoying their Saturday night.
On Day 2, at 9:00, participants started submitting their project details, screenshots and video demos to hackathon.io, a website where participants of any hackathon anywhere in the world can showcase their projects. See the projects here.
Two developers hack away on their laptops.
The hacking ended at 12:00, around 25 hours after it began. Frazzled participants started practicing their presentations. At 14:00, the demo presentations began. The judges consisted of CEOs, CTOs and founders of notable startup companies in the PH, including Cebu’s own Clicklabs and Caresharing.
The grand prize was given to StackHRM, a Human Resource Management Information System with a twist, specifically a social aspect to it, whose main feature is a Facebook-style newsfeed participated in by employees of a company. The first runner-up was QuickScription, an online medical prescription system, with online ordering and fulfilment by nearby pharmacies. A special award was given to ePatrol for their innovative use of new technologies.
The event ended at 16:00, with some participants and sponsors staying a while longer to network.
Image credit: A SPACE Cebu