“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” — Michael Phelps, winner of 23 Olympic gold medals
Faster. Higher. Stronger.
The stage was set for the event of the year; the coveted JetBrains hackathon.
The rules were very simple:
- The Hackathon starts on Wednesday, June 27, at noon sharp CEST and runs for 48 hours.
- The last commit is allowed no later than Friday, June 29 noon CEST. Presentations must be provided to the Org.Committee by this time as well.
- 5-minute presentations will start 1 hour later, at 13:00 CEST on the same Friday.
- Everyone at JetBrains can cast votes for the projects they loved.
- Winners get prizes.
Facilitated by a wiki page, ideas and concepts could be put forth, and potential partners found. After the date announcement, in the weeks leading up to the event, like-minded people eager to compete and bring to life their burning ideas formed the teams they would need to make this possible.
54 project ideas were entered from 125 participants. This was already a 25% increase in the number of people from last year.
On the start day, the registration opened at 10am providing the Hackatheletes with all the necessary gear they would need to get through the two days: toothbrush; washcloth; sports drinks; energy bars; t-shirt; badges and stickers.
48 projects showed up at the start line. With only 48 hours to go, teams had no time to spare if they were going to get their ideas working and ready for demo.