TNW Hackathon:
solving a little office problem.

2 min readApr 23, 2015

A simple virtual Office Manager for smaller start-up
teams and companies that reminds employees about
tasks they always ‘forget’ about.

What we’re building and why.

The next two days the Grible team is located in Amsterdam, participating in The Next Web Hackathon and visiting the conference. For this hackathon we decided to tackle a little problem we recently noticed at our office space (Startup Port).

It’s those nagging tasks that need to be done on a regular basis but nobody really likes to do. Think about taking care of the dishes, making sure you give some love to the vegetation in your office, prepping lunch for the company and of course there are a bunch more you can think of.

If you’re part of a smaller company, team or department and don’t have an office or facility manager, you know what we’re talking about. It’s often neither something you put into your project management tool.

That’s why we hacked together a simple but smart virtual office manager that takes care of scheduling these tasks automatically in an honest way. It’s called Naggy. As an organizer you just tell Naggy once which tasks need to be done and on which days they need to be performed. Naggy will randomly assign the tasks to the people within your community, organization or department and will inform them by SMS, interacting conversation-wise. That way, it feels like the office manager is asking you to take care of a specific task.. in a friendly way or with a slightly more aggresive sentiment. It depends on her mood ;)

This is a little teaser for the really simple Web interface that lets the organizer set some tasks and the people that should be responsible for those tasks within the company, team or department:

48h hackathon: Simple Web UI for putting in some tasks by an organizer

We try to get the bare essentials working just within these 48 hours. Stay tuned, we might also put a little landingpage up so you can sign-up if you’d like to try it.


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