The Wattpad Hackathon closes. As per always, the Hackathon is highly experimental, and generally results in us testing concepts and building super flimsy versions that barely work. Most teams go up to present on nothing but hope that the demo won’t collapse.
What I mean to say is that it’s more about concepts, teamwork, and exploration than it is about actually building something. So if everyone was hoping we were an inch away from location-based reading or undiscovered queue because it got tested, sorry.
Instead, we have a whole bunch of highlights and memes:
- The winning teams involved pushing for creative ways to solve accessibility problems for users, evolving our comment functions and exploring community creation, and looking to see just how hard some of the top requests would be to do (short answer: very hard)
- Somebody created an interactive story in which you play as the CEO, Allen. Also, it was a love story…
- We (fake) heat-mapped readers but felt really weird around location data, like super weird about it, it’s really hard sometimes with ideas that are great (helping form communities locally, yay!) with concepts that have many negative uses (collecting and disseminating location data, boo)
- We tried to explore anti-spam but then it opens a whole door of penalizing normal people
- We opened the door on reviews and were reminded how positive we are as basically everyone asked for some restrictions or systems that keep it positive
Also, this is our reaction gif to having an idea be called DOPE by a user: