Over this weekend, I worked with some really talented people, most of whom I met this weekend, to create a fully functional product that saves people time by allowing them to order everyday things ahead of arrival. Additionally, we created an easy-to-install plugin for small businesses to easily integrate advance ordering capabilities for their customer-base via their websites… This whole thing was accomplished in less than 24 hours… A slide deck was produced, a business model was created, a pitch presentation was given, potential customer feedback was provided/considered, PayPal development team members and potential partners discussed ideas around our new concept, a kick-ass logo was created by the graphic designer we happened to have on the team, a production website was produced, a plugin was created… a new way to shop was born. Special shout out to PayPal and Twilio for providing the APIs necessary to bring our product to life by providing secure payment and text messaging capabilities… And special thanks to Alley NYC for hosting the event.
Some really amazing hacks came out of the PayPal BattleHack NYC (part of a bigger, global hackathon). One team built an app that allows people to leave PayPal money in physical locations… Another team built a web app that allows people to pool their monetary resources to make purchases. The food was delicious, the drinks were great, the energy was awesome, and the freebies were everywhere.
In our group, we had Egypt, Palestine, Sweden, and Pakistan all by way of the US in the house coming together as a team to create something new. We had a graphic designer, a marketing whiz, a tech biz dev manager, a student, a recruiter, a translation professional, and 2 coders working as team members and/or advisors helping to make something we simply crafted in our minds to solve our everyday problem of “just not enough time”. One of the best parts: None of us had any plans of even participating in the hackathon 24 hours before we got involved. Two of our team members was merely volunteering for the event and had no intention of participating. And the team building… We all got to experience each others’ odd sleep deprived tendencies as we trekked through the 24-hours of hackaliousness (I cheated and slept for 3 hours).
Speaking of hackalicious… Some buddies and I are hosting a hackathon this Friday at the same location… Free beer, food, etc. Gonna be another 24 hours of Hackaliciousness… This hackathon has actually been called Hackalious
All in all, though I’m hack-lagged… Completely worth it.