Zalando’s fifth Hackweek, the company’s annual hackathon event, seems to have been a big success:
Our annual Hack Week has just wrapped up at Zalando, with over 100 projects being worked on across four tech hubs. […]
At the culmination of the week we held our Project Fair, where all Hack Week teams presented their work to the rest of the Zalando Tech community, showing off their product ideas and MVPs. 45 projects made it to the Project Fair stage, pitching their work to various jury members of our Hack Week awards team, as well as impressing their fellow employees.
Some of the projects sound quite useful:
Award for finding the low hanging fruit; awarded to an achievable project:** Zally! Making APIs compliant within Zalando Tech by automating the review process.
Award for the best system/hardware prototyping project:** The Zalando Home Button! A push notice button to get your Zalando packages delivered at a time convenient to you, utilizing local parcel buffering and some handy hardware.
Award for best contribution to Zalando’s objectives:**Vitrine! Untapping the potential of outfits at Zalando via a playful iOS app, combining the power of machine learning and analytic databases to generate outfits in real-time.
At least one project, “Order-a-Tailor”, is already going to become a part of Zalando this quarter:
YESSSS!!!! Our project did not only win the most precious innovation award, but will be live in Berlin next quarter
Here is the description of Order-a-Taylor:
Order-A-Tailor: An addition to our Zalando platform that offers alteration services for suits purchased on desktop or mobile, right to your door.
Both the speed and the way this came to be say a lot about Zalando. Zalando is extraordinary when it comes to a fast moving culture and a culture in general that is welcoming to developers of all kinds. There is a reason why Hackweek exists and why Zalando makes all this public. It portrays a certain kind of company. In fact, there are right now around a thousand reasons for doing it this way.
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