As part of their commitment to supporting the local web community, digital specialists Box UK recently organised a “For the Social Good” Hack Day, which took place on 20th November at Cardiff University Students’ Union. The event invited developers, designers and anyone with an interest in software to work in teams to build web services that would benefit their local area.
The theme of social interest apps was chosen to inspire competitors to give back to society, building on the culture of sharing and innovation seen in the technological community and deeply valued by Box UK. Teams were encouraged to interpret this brief as they wished, with no restrictions placed on the tools, languages or techniques that could be used.
The results of the event were judged by Carey Hiles, Box UK’s Product Development Manager, John Greenaway, Web Application Manager at Cardiff University, and Jenni Taylor, Web Content Editor at the University of Bath. The panel looked at both the skill and innovation demonstrated by each team in developing their service, along with its potential to serve the community.
First prize was given to Gritly, a service which uses weather updates and location-based tweets to produce a map showing local snow and ice danger spots. Second place went to Noteslide, an online noticeboard allowing university students to get an at-a-glance look at relevant news and updates. A special award was also presented to the best individual coder of the day, Tom Hancocks, who worked on an ‘Ask a local’ service allowing users to post questions about an area and receive real-time answers.
Speaking about the event Carey Hiles said, “The enthusiastic response we’ve seen to the Hack Day has been fantastic, and I’ve been incredibly impressed with the high quality of the work produced. We have a great tech community here in Cardiff, and this event has really helped us build upon this, engaging with some of the emerging talent out there. I’d like to congratulate our winners, and everyone who contributed to the success of the day.”
Feedback from attendees has been extremely positive, with Box UK already looking to organise a similar event in the future. Updates will be posted on the website, and via social media but to get advance notice of our future events complete the form below:
Box UK deliver innovative, award-winning digital solutions for enterprise-level organisations across the world. With over 250 years of collective experience, our team of expert web consultants, user experience professionals and software developers believe passionately in the potential of the internet and are committed to using the very best, most dynamic technologies in their work.
Established in 1998, privately owned and profitable every year since inception, Box UK’s client list includes BBC, LAN Airlines, Investec Asset Management, the National Gallery, Chartered Institute for IT, EDF Energy and Severn Trent Plc.
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