Slack Monkey

We recently had an awesome hackathon at Listing Power Tools. We split into teams and each team had to identify and create a solution to a problem in the workspace. At the end of the day, each team had the opportunity to present the problem and its solution to everyone else.

Finding Problem/Solution

Remember that time you went to your office and the door was locked and nobody was around to open it? The team that I put together targeted that particular annoyance.

The door needed some sort of a communication tool that could be used to send notifications to the team. Something like a digital doorbell. Slack is the primary communication tool in the office so we thought to ourselves that if the individual could send a notification to a Slack channel notifying everyone that they are behind the door, surely, someone will be a team player and open the door for them.

Picking a Name

After we got the problem and its solution out of the way, we started thinking of names to call this revolutionary and amazing product. Designers were heavily involved in this process because the name of the product was going to reflect on the branding. We put down a list names on a piece of paper and started taking votes. The name Slack Monkey won.

Product Brief

The project managers did an incredible job putting together a product brief for the presentation. They hashed out the summary, value proposition and target audience for the product.

How It Worked

Here is how Slack Monkey worked. The underlying technology consisted of an AWS IOT button and an AWS lambda. When the button was pressed, it invoked the AWS Lambda which sent a Slack message to a designated Slack channel. The message notified the team that someone at the door needed the door opened. A volunteer would then come to the rescue.


The video editor made a product commercial demonstrating how Slack Monkey worked. The video was choreographed, edited and made awesome in just a few hours.


At the end of the day, Slack Monkey was a success. We presented the product and everyone felt a good sense of accomplishment. We still have the Slack Monkey slacking at the door today.