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Sheep It! Autumn 2019 Hackathon

By Alex Stoicescu

Alex is Tech Community Manager at AUTO1 Group.

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For the second time this year, members of the AUTO1 Group Tech department came together to code, develop exciting projects and have fun! Disclaimer: in an AUTO1 Group hackathon, the focus is not on delivering as many projects as possible - on the contrary, it is about the fun of developing and having joint team sessions in a creative and relaxed setting.

Many thanks to our video crew who did a great job at capturing the atmosphere and collecting impressions, just take a look:

The overall theme of the autumn hackathon was SHEEP IT, a pun which should need no explanation. A total of 15 teams competed, with around 40 participants in our Berlin HQ. In addition, there were also colleagues from Kiev, Milan and Katowice that joined remotely.

The winning team, codename “Bike Thieves”, won by developing an anti-theft Slack bot, which ensures that no bicycles can be stolen in the parking space of our Bergmannstraße HQ. When using this Slack bot, you can protect yourself against bicycle theft as you will be informed by the bot and can quickly check and see what’s going on if your bicycle is moved.

As most great ideas, one of our colleagues came up with this during a rather emotionally charged moment for a Berliner - his own bike was stolen during work hours.

There is still a lot that needs to be done before this bot can be used in everyday life. Even under the time constraints of the hackathon, team members Sergey, Rafael and Dmitri made substantial progress on their Smartlock. The team was able to convince the other participants of their idea and their problem-solving strategy, which won them the first place. Some bike owners are already looking forward to using the bot.

Slack bots were a very popular topic at our autumn hackathon, with two other teams doing a language bot and a book exchange bot, while other projects included various internal quality-of-life upgrades to existing workflows, a browser based car game that was rigged to be unbeatable and a somewhat crazy face&object recognition software that was able to tell us, via Slack of course, how many free spots were in a kitchen and how many fruits were there.

In addition to fame and glory, the winners received smart home starter kits, and all participants received a beautifully crafted sheep as a reminder of the hackathon.

What’s next?

The next AUTO1 Group Hackathon will take place in spring 2020 and we look forward to even more exciting projects! Watch this space for updates, wink wink.

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