The second Dutch Open Hackathon was a great success. To recap, during the Hackathon, participants took application programming interfaces (APIs) and data sets from eight companies – Albert Heijn, KLM, KPN, Rabobank, Schiphol Airport, Kamer van Koophandel, USG People and Philips – and attempted to come up with a unique app in about 48 hours’ time.
Based on our learnings from the Hackathon last year, we wanted to make sure that something tangible came out of it, something of business value. This is always the dilemma: if you try to steer a developer community too much in the direction of being innovative, you won’t create innovation. If you do too little, you will get too much “blue sky thinking” without creating actionable products.
We tried to achieve something in the middle with the six challenges this year: Health, City Life, Travel, Transport, Work and Entrepreneurship. On Friday, the developers pitched their ideas and participated in team-building exercises. Saturday was the time for the teams to develop their applications as well as listen to interesting external speakers. On Sunday, the teams prepped their pitches for the judges. There were 54 teams. Twelve teams were chosen for the finals, and they pitched their apps on stage.