Last Friday we held our first ever Hack Day where we invited charities to come along and build an interactive content app in a day. The action-packed day started at 9am with an introduction to Pugpig and a quick training session on using Pugpig Express, before it was all stations go.
Our three charities (Place2Be, Stroke Association and Pancreatic Cancer Action) spent the day conceiving, designing and building apps to aid their fundraising efforts and to improve donor communications. On hand to help with any design, code or app-build questions were a bunch of the team from Kaldor, plus Ben Edwards, Head of Front-End Development at Clock.
The teams were given thirty minutes to plan their app. this included thinking about their publishing model (continuously vs edition-based), their audience and their content. Once they had these things planned they moved onto the design stage where they worked with JCJ, Dan and Ben to design their apps and to create any new page layouts.
After a quick break for lunch our charities put all of this together and built their apps. It was at this stage they branded the app container and created their content, and Alex was on hand to help with this part.
Once the apps were built our charities then gave a quick demo of their app and a presentation on its future to our panel of judges from The Economist and Kaldor. The competition was close, but Pancreatic Cancer Action were crowned winners. They are hoping to launch their new fundraising app in June, and we’ll work closely with them over the next few weeks and months, helping them with any technical support they might need.
We had a fantastic day, and it was great to set such worthwhile causes up with beautiful apps. Thanks very much to Incisive Media who lent us their offices for the day, Robin and Suprio from The Economist who gave up their afternoons to judge the apps, Ben from Clock for being a huge help on the day, and of course our charities for taking part and for proving that beautiful apps really can be built in just one day.