Belatrix’s Hackathon Saw Excitement, Adrenalin, And Innovative Ideas To Help Social Causes
Belatrix Software, a leading software development company, brought together more than 250 software experts and enthusiasts in a day-long hackathon marathon. The event was held with the largest bank in Perú, BCP, and challenged Peruvian programmers to create a product prototype in just 8 hours. The event, called “Hackatrix”, has become an annual event in Perú due to its success, and continues to grow in size and impact.
The hackathon challenged the software community to develop new ideas that would help society, based on emerging technology from artificial intelligence to the internet of things (IoT). The overall winner was a team called “Smart Cacao” which created an app to help bring automation to small cacao farmers, using the IoT connected to a cloud service. Teams were assessed across different categories from innovativeness, potential social impact of the project, their adherence to Agile values, and level of progress/ sophistication of the project.
Today’s product organizations need people with the experience of developing product prototypes quickly and at low cost, which can then be iteratively improved. Meanwhile teams need to have experience of adapting rapidly to obstacles and finding solutions.
Fernando Gonzalez, Belatrix’s Vice President of Marketing, and moderator of the event, commented that the event “was a tremendous success. It’s impressive seeing the depth of talent and innovative ideas on display among some of the best software engineers in Latin America”.