Fyber Hackathon – Part I

In early December 2020, Fyber held their annual Hackathon.

The purpose of the Hackathon is to showcase both the technological expertise of Fyber’s engineering teams and their utilization of the most up-to-date technologies available to solve problems faced in the industry and at work.

 

The Hackathon was an international effort with participants in cross-continent teams from our offices in America, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel and China.

 

Amongst the criteria being judged were:

  • Innovation – How new, different and creative is the idea
  • Regional cooperation – How well did the teams cooperate in different regions in terms of communication – particular in light of Corona restrictions and not being able to be in the office together.
  • Cross-team and cross-discipline collaborations – Collaborating with different teams – DevOps, Backend, Frontend, Client, Data and Data Science
  • ImpactHas the idea being offered by the team provided a sustainable and appropriate solution to a real problem?

 

The ideas presented were judged by a team from all fields of the Fyber workplace.

 

Head Judge, Fyber CTO Gal Aviv:

“I am very proud to be part of a team with so many brilliant minds who demonstrated once again that Fyber is all about amazing and talented people.”

The Ideas

There were a number of exciting ideas presented to the judging panel. The ideas ranged from improving the office experience during the work from home period and a Fyber social network through to crypto currency and improvements to existing workflows and advanced testing options for Fyber products.

 

The technologies that were used during the hackathon included:

  • Swift was the preferred coding language for apps using iOS and they were based in a Firebase environment.  
  • Other ideas involved the integration of Slack by using its ability to be able to push messages to users.
  • For reporting purposes, Druid was the main platform that the teams wanted to use.  Together with a Kubernetes cluster for running several jobs at the same time.
  • For ideas using backend features – the most popular choices were React and Python with deployments on Heroku and again, Firebase.
  • For ideas requiring machine learning packages, popular choices from the teams were Skitlearn and River.

 

One of the most amazing achievements of each group was how they managed to design, develop, produce and present working models of what they had. This was achieved in only 24 hours with teams working in disparate time-zones and locations. The teamwork and technological know-how demonstrated by the teams is a credit to Fyber and in particular, to its Engineering team.

 

Keep following our blog to find out more about the winning idea of the Fyber Hackation and what technology was used that persuaded the judges that this was the winning idea.

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