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Last Thursday (27 March 2014) saw the majority of us here at Fresh Egg take part in an internal Hack Day at our Worthing HQ. Teams ranging from two to six people teamed up and squirrelled away to separate corners of the office in order to scheme, plot and plan their winning hack. We’d like to tell you a little about our Hack Day. Perhaps we’ll inspire you to try one of your own?
Hack Days, or ‘Hackathons’, as they are sometimes termed, are events which typically involve computer programmers, designers and developers collaborating on technical projects in order to come up with new software ideas and solutions. Being that our talent pool brims with not only first class web developers and designers but some of the brightest minds in digital marketing, the Fresh Egg Hack Day was a little different.
The loose brief for our Hack Day was to come up with and develop a creative solution to a problem for a company or brand, be they a prospect or existing client. By ‘problem’, we meant anything from a lack of digital presence to a need for improved competitor intelligence or brand affinity. The only requirements were that the hack be creative, commercially viable and achievable within the realms of modern technology.
Never ones to let the pull of an amusing acronym pass us by, between the lot of us we created:
Each of the ideas was presented to the wider company as well as a panel of discerning judges, including Fresh Egg’s head of development and advocate for Hack Day’s techy ancestry, Rob Taylor.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations by all of teams involved, and it was great to see what can be accomplished in just a day of work. The range of ideas was really diverse, creative and innovative – picking a winner was a tough call.”
Rob Taylor, head of development
“I was yet again reminded about the huge level of talent and creativity that we have here at Fresh Egg. The ideas were wide-ranging and the passion, detail and enthusiasm that went into the presentations was outstanding.”
David Somerville, head of social media
In the end, it was the team rather catchily entitled ‘Battfurwarbslongcox’ (an amalgamation of the team mates’ surnames), who claimed the Fresh Egg Hack Day winning title. The team came up with the idea of Fresh Help: a series of free ‘digital rescue’ packages to assist small and local charities with their online presence. Packages, including Website Rescue, Social Media Rescue and CRO Rescue, were designed to improve a charity’s online profile and visibility within the community. What attracted the judges to Fresh Help was the idea that Fresh Egg could draw on its wide-ranging expertise and multi-channel experience to really make a difference to organisations that need it the most.
“Many of the ideas were viable, making it hard to choose a winner,”
David Sewell, SEO consultant.
So, that’s what went down at our Hack Day, but what does it mean for you? Here are four great reasons to run a Hack Day where you work:
What better reason to run a company Hack Day than that?
If you’d like to find out more about our Hack Day or any of the ideas that came up, why not leave us a comment below or get in touch?