Astro Malaysia held it’s annual GoInnovate Challenge Hackathon on the 10th-12th October at the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC).
Hopefuls from all over Malaysia massed together for an exciting challenge set by Astro - to build a radio streaming demo. The demo product was meant to redefine the way we watch, read, listen and play with content in two unique hacks to be completed within a 48 hour deadline. Astro offered substantial rewards to those whose ideas that came out on top!
Day 0: Demo - Friday evening
Attendees ranged from junior developers to start-up teams, so long as you’re 18 years old, you can take part!
To begin the Hackathon, entrants were fully briefed and given access to the APIs of both 7digital and music metadata company, Gracenote.
7digital’s lead API developer, Marco Bettiolo, flew in to act as Tech Support for the hackathon.
This photo shows Marco presenting a demo of a radio style streaming service he had previously built.
Day 1: Get Building!
According to the brief, hackers had to choose one of two innovative challenges:
1 - Product Challenge - To create a platform, or product that could redefine media consumption.
2 - Creative Challenge - A user-generated experience using Astro’s Assets.
The build could be an app or web-based and they let the competitors define the platform.
They feverishly worked into the night, honing their development skills, whilst nibbling on pizza when they had chance.
Day 2: Pitching sessions - Sunday afternoon
Sunday evening drew the long competition to a close.
Well deserved drinks and cakes were on the menu, to celebrate all the hard work that these talented techies went through this weekend!
It’s the taking part that counts, right?
Goinnovates’ 2014 Hackathon encourages skilled people from all over Malaysia to get involved, learn from one another and share experiences, so taking part does count! A 48-hour hack event however, wouldn't be complete without some prizes now, would it?!
A panel of judges picked the most creative ideas and offered several cash prizes with a sum of RM 50,000 (£9,500)! There was one final winner and 1st and 2nd runner-up.
Fancy your chances next year? Keep an eye out for 2015’s competition announcement at http://www.astro.com.my/goinnovate