In late January, Merchant Warehouse hosted its inaugural Hackathon. Its mission: to unite, rollout, and disrupt. But what exactly is a Hackathon and why would we have them?
In a nutshell, a Hackathon is a three-day event where our engineers have free rein to work on projects they think will be useful, fun or cool. The 72-hour extravaganza kicks off with very little fanfare. Heads down - for the next two days, regularly scheduled projects take a back seat while engineers build, code and hack away on something that fascinates them - whether it be an issue they want to solve, a process they’d love to streamline or improve, or something completely fantastical they want to build. They’re encouraged to play around with Merchant Warehouse’s rich wealth of data and they have a chance to work with other engineers they may not normally interact with.
The affair culminates in a science fair-type event where engineers show off their projects to the rest of the company. The hacks are put up to a vote, and the top three teams get bragging rights until the next Hackathon. Many of the projects are already finding their way into production – whether they’re improving developer productivity, bringing our products to new platforms, expanding Genius’ reach to new markets, or gaining deep insight into our merchants’ data.
These Hackathons embody our company culture of creativity and ingenuity. Giving our engineers the freedom to build whatever they want for a couple of days challenges them, both creatively and technically. We believe that being surrounded by unique and innovative ideas helps develop new ones, and pushes us to think outside the box.
Have you already started daydreaming on a project you'd work on for our next Hackathon? If you think you might be a good fit for the Merchant Warehouse Engineering team, head on over to merchantwarehouse.com/employment to apply for an open position!