Last month, Owler’s product team took a 30 hour trip across the globe to meet and innovate alongside our engineering team in India for Owler Hackathon 2016.
Owlers from opposite sides of the globe came together to “Unleash the Data” in Owler’s Coimbatore office for two days of hard work, team building, and the opportunity to showcase their engineering chops. And of course, lots of snacks and coffee.
But above all, our hackathon sought to drive home the values that inspire Owler as a company brimming with creative and innovative new ideas.
First and foremost is our firm belief in delusional optimism. While that might sound like a euphemism for crazy naivety, we know that in order to achieve something incredible, one must believe in the unbelievable. We encourage all of our employees to dream, break barriers, and exceed expectations. At our hackathon, participants strove to unearth the untapped creativity hiding in dusty crevices in their minds; and boy, did they ever. In the end, the eight teams rounded out the event with eight new products, many of which will be integrated into Owler in the not-so-far-off future.
As a company, this entrepreneurial spirit shines through in the goals we set for ourselves. For instance, when we aimed to increase our active users by tenfold by the end of 2016. Instead of aiming safe, we aimed high. And it paid off: as of October, we’re 85 percent of the way to our goal of one million active users.
But don’t get us wrong, we didn’t get here by accident. Which brings me to our second value: hard work. We know that simply wishing for something doesn’t bring it to life. At our hackathon, teams gave their all to their projects for two days and came out the other side with fleshed out products.
Yet without teamwork, none of this would be possible. Central to the success of our hackathon was the ability to work together, support one another, and build as a group. At Owler, we understand that cooperative teamwork is essential to creating something great, and that ideating as a team brings out the very best from each individual.
But it wasn’t all work and no play; hackathons are meant to be fun, after all. So after pushing the boundaries of their engineering abilities, they put their dance moves to the test. The eight teams battled it out on the dance floor, with the winning team taking first prize for their dance to Soulja Boy.
After two days of thinking, creating, building, and dancing, everyone headed home to apply their heightened love of innovation to their day-to-day jobs at Owler. But the end of the Owler Hackathon 2016 doesn’t spell the end of our big ideas. Rather, it’s just the extra boost of creativity to inspire us for the future.
Congrats to our winning teams!