This past weekend, we hosted our very first hackathon, called LightHack. Up early for a 9am start with a nice breakfast and some coffee. Quickly, the office filled up and we had over 20 people chatting / getting ready to start hacking away. We matched entrepreneurs with developers and they were off. There were 4 teams, each building a different app. Throughout the day, I got a chance to see how people used Lightning and whether they encountered any issues. Food was served and people were having a great time. Many like myself were tired, which made development interesting.
We ended development early, had some drinks and dinner before presenting the various apps that were built. All of which looked great and we were proud to see how much was accomplished in a few hours. The hackathon progressed into a social event for Nathon and Scott’s birthday.
The event was great! While the event was a success in many ways, there was also a lot to learn. Anyone hosting a hackathon can tell you that the first one won’t be perfect and you will learn as you do more. We are still debriefing to understand how we can make the future hackathons better. But if you have been to hackathons or have hosted some, I’d love to hear your feedback. We want Lightning to be the tool developers go to when they want to build apps.