Put down your day-to-day projects and build what you think is important. That was the challenge posed to the Evernote team during our very first Hack Week, which took place January 11-15.
The idea had been kicked around for a while: encourage engineers and non-engineers alike to gather a team outside of their everyday work groups and hack away on an impactful passion project.
The turnout and participation exceeded expectations, with 54 teams from across the globe coming together for four busy days. They built projects that ran the gamut: R&D innovations, popular user requests, and concepts of new product features.
On Friday, the company came together for a Hack Week science fair where barristers judges awarded 13 prizes with names such as “What’s in a Note?,” “Smooth Like Butta,” and “The Coolest S*** We’ve Ever Been Hyperbolic About.”
While playful in spirit, the week yielded seriously useful results. It’s contributed to the Evernote verve and a number of projects are making their way into product pipelines. In fact, some projects and fixes have already been committed to Evernote’s code base.
It’s early yet, but it feels as if a new tradition has begun at Evernote. Check out the pictures below for more of Hack Week #1.