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Behind the Scenes of the Welcome Hackathon: Who won?

Behind the Scenes of the Welcome Hackathon: Who won?

Here at Welcome we foster a culture of innovation. We constantly question ourselves to see how we can do more with less, how we can improve on existing products and services, how we can create something that could change the industry. And we know it’s up to each and every Welcome member to contribute to that innovation.

So we held our first annual Hackathon to keep that spirit of innovation alive. Our product and engineering teams invited members of our Austin office to participate, and seventeen members from four different departments came and camped out in an Airbnb. They formed their own teams, creating a combination of skills to execute their ideas, and presented the final product at the end of the week.

The five teams came out of it with some incredible ideas and some even better execution. But most of all, we all got to know each other better and discovered some of our team member's hidden talents.

Matt W, Saba and Diego present their idea to the hackathon crew.

Matt W, Saba and Diego present their idea to the hackathon crew.

Waqas, Dania and Dre laugh as they build out their idea.

Waqas, Dania and Dre laugh as they build out their idea.

Aaron, Chris and Jenn collaborate and brainstorm.

Aaron, Chris and Jenn collaborate and brainstorm.

Perez, one of Welcome's engineers, Makes magic happen at the Austin office.

Perez, one of Welcome's engineers, Makes magic happen at the Austin office.

Ricky, Justin and Phillip concentrate on building out their ideas.

Ricky, Justin and Phillip concentrate on building out their ideas.

When the hard work was over, the Hackathon crew went go-karting to celebrate.

When the hard work was over, the Hackathon crew went go-karting to celebrate.

Hack to Engage

Our first Hackathon was a huge success - and the most amazing thing is we can combine a few of these ideas to create another huge, monstrous, game-changing product!

 

Interested in joining our awesome team?


Meet Matt Wild

Matt is the co-founder and Chief Architect at Welcome. He lives in the United Kingdom but often travels to Austin to help reinforce the culture of innovation. He is one of the five council members for the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSP), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers and end users. 

 
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