24 hours. Just enough for your daily routine. Or, for an adrenaline pumped, emotional roller-coaster if you dive into a hackathon like I did last weekend. Curious what I’ve learned and how we won it? Thinking about participating to a similar event? Read on!
The terms: In my interpretation
Hackathon: lock together a large number of tech people for at least 1 day, and let them turn their brilliant ideas into a Minimum Viable Product while getting to know each other.
Fintech: another buzzword, referring to companies (mostly startups in different stages) that use technology to make financial systems more…
Marian, our kid with the Apples from hipwerk is presenting his startup at Pioneers Festival Vienna.
He and his co-founder Bogdan have a really cool hardware product called Sensewave that helps people with hearing defficiencies to feel the music.
Here’s how they describe the product themselves:
70 million. That’s the official number of hearing-defficient people in the world. 70 million people that might have never heard music, or are not able to anymore. We want to give these people a new sensation, by playing music on their skin.
Projects like these need all the support they can get…
So you’re thinking about going to a Startup Weekend near you? Or it just popped up in your newsfeed and you want to find out what all the fuss is about? Read on.
Last weekend I had the chance to participate at Startup Weekend München. What an awesome event! Although the closing party was just two days ago and I’m still pumped, I wanted to write up this short article while the memories are still fresh.
This year was our first time to participate at CeBIT, and what a start it has been! Despite a strong headwind — our tiny booth was located opposite to one of the local powerhouses — the abundance of interest in our lean-startup process was simply overwhelming.
Being a last minute decision to participate — thanks IT Plus Cluster for the opportunity — it was a deep dive into the unknown, waiting for the fair’s visitors to stop by. …
As an Android developer, I’ve learned a few lessons about mobile User Experience that are worth talking about, because, as it seems, many people are unfamiliar with the basic concept of User Experience (UX) and difference between platforms. We’ve all seen mobile apps that are looking great at first glance, but after using them for about 5 minutes, we just gave up because of the horrible UX.
First, let me give you a few hints on how to improve this aspect of mobile apps, then I will point out a few more things that are more specific to Android, as…
In this post I am going to show you a way of creating a general model serializer. If you’re working with Django Rest Framework this can come in more than handy as it can handle any model object.
In Django Rest Framework creating a basic serializer class for a model looks like this:
from rest_framework import serializers from models import User class UserSerializer(serializers.ModelSerializer): class Meta: model = User
If you are working with an activity stream like
django-activity-stream probably you will have an endpoint (
GET /feed/) that has to return an activity feed. The serializer will look like this:
You have probably read our previous post about a few awesome tricks from Gmail that help you test your app emails with development addresses. That’s nice and pretty useful I would say, but what if I told that you could use any email address you want in your app with minimum effort?
At Hipwerk we are using a pretty nifty tool called Mailtrap from @Railsware. This is a SMTP service which literally traps any email sent from your app and stores them into a special inbox. Then you can check your messages from a simple webmail application provided by Mailtrap…
This year’s presidential elections in Romania were everything else but ordinary. Although the clear favorite was Victor Ponta (the president of the Social Democratic Party), Klaus Iohannis (the liberal underdog) won the race by a comfortable margin and wrote history by surpassing all expectations.
There are several factors that influenced this year’s elections, including the huge support of romanians living abroad, but without social media this comeback would not have been possible.
In just 6 months Klaus Iohannis’ Facebook page has gone from 0 to +900k likes, topping with an astonishing 180k likes on election day. He now has more…
Photo copyright goes to Banksy.
We’re starting the first post of a series on user experience. As with every craft out there, the most useful advice is seeing actual work, so we decided to show you a short case study about how we adjusted the homepage of one of our startups, tripchief.ro
But first, let’s make sure that we understand what UX is about.
As there’s a lot of confusion around this topic, it’s important to understand the fundamentals. There are (at least?) three “U”-s when speaking about design: UI (User Interface), Usability and User Experience. UX is the sum…
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