So hot off the SWKL (StartUpWeekend KL at Google, me and Cara decided to do the Maybank Hackathon. Basically, we knew we would die after this as we would have been hackathoning for 5 days in a row. #hackathonMarathon. I had roped in Sarah, a girl I had met at one of the code labs I was running (yeees I make friends with women Android devs as they are so rare!). Another girl that I knew from Women Techmakers was supposed to join us but she got a fever last minute and couldn't make it. This sucked because she was a big data expert and I was thinking of asking her to do something cool, but at least there was another developer with me and we had Cara to pitch so we had to make do.
So Maybank's hackathon allowed us to pre-hack. So we pre-built some UI layouts and played around with some APIs that we were thinking of using. That was the extent of it before the hackathon. Some teams hacked everything beforehand which is cool, but personally I find I learn a lot if I code on site.
There was a lot of fierce competition. The hackathon had 2 streams- one for touch point hack and one for big data hacking. There were only 7 teams in each category and they filtered us down from about 90 applications! So in we went, not knowing what to expect- Team X Chromosome!
We ended up taking home 2nd runner up/ 3rd prize a.k.a. 2nd loser. I have to say I was a bit surprised as the competition was really impressive. Honestly I can say some of the fiercest and most brilliant people in the technology space in KL were there. And probably some of the toughest competition I have ever found myself up against! I was really blown away by one of the demos.
One thing that is really good about Maybank is that they were SUPER organised! And super hospitable! Our team were partnered with a buddy called Syukri to help us out with logistics or anything we needed! And he even saved me after hackathon as I accidentally took home one of the organiser's laptop cables! That's how tired I was after our hackathon marathon.