End of May, BlaBlaCar hosted its 5th internal coding event: 24 hours of non-stop coding/designing, whatever the project, whatever the technology from Thursday 2pm to Friday 2pm. Goals: Bring innovation, stimulate creativity & spend time together. See our medium article about the previous edition here.
3 new things this year
1. New joiners in da game!
This year we’ve welcomed the creative people of marketing & design teams. They have worked on non-tech-mandatory projects (e.g. a loyalty program based only on CRM messages). We wanted to make dreams come true for everyone!
We’ve also welcomed 6 students from School 42 to code with us. We wanted to give them the opportunity to learn from our engineers.
2. All-night-long 🎶 achievement system
In 2018, we decided to have no more t-shirt that most of us wore once and then use as pyjamas. Instead we’ve introduced an all-night-long achievement system… Stickers that you collect every 3 hours.
3. A “do-good” project for an organization
The Red Cross from Paris 1st & 2nd districts joined the Coding Night. A team of 5 engineers worked on an alerting system to help them to improve their organization during majors attacks.
Burger Quiz theme
For every edition we try to have a funny theme & this time we took it to the next level. This new edition was about Burgers: food, prizes, stickers and games (Do you know how many burger you can eat in 10 minutes?)…
Why? And why not?! Maybe just because we ❤ burgers.
6 prizes to win
We’ve created 6 prizes (including a special one) based on our Principles & Burger theme. (Learn more about our principles here)
- Fat & Serious: “Fun & Serious” × Fat → Most useful project
- Big Dream: “Dream Decide Deliver” × Big Mac → Most wow project
- Fail-o-Fish: “Fail Learn Succeed” × Filet o Fish → Most WTF or fun project
- Be Meat. Go Far: “Be Lean, Go Far” × Meat → Most “Ready to use” project
- Be the king: “Be the Member” × Burger king → Most voted project in total
- Shake more: “Share more, Learn More” × Shake Shack → Special Jury prize
1 night, 50 talents, 12 projects
- Meet with Beacon: build an application to automatically confirm when a passenger had met his driver, thanks to little Beacon devices.
- Lazy: a command line tool to manage websites and their certificates configuration automatically.
- Throttlesharing: an online (quite massive) race where you have to tap (gently…) your phone screen to speed up your car and win!
- BlaBlaXtension: a chrome extension working with Google Maps to let you publish a BlaBlaCar ride very easily when you are looking for a route, or see search results when you are looking for a means of transportation between 2 cities.
- BlaBlaCar.io: build a career site to gather all our tech content (Social medias, open positions, videos os BlaBlaCar Speakers on stage…)
- Trip details meeting point sourcing: a smart tool to detect and extract Meeting Point information (written by our members) from trip detail pages.
- Realtime fraud detection: a tool to detect abnormal behaviors on our platform.
- The Red Alert: build an alerting tool to help the Red Cross contact volunteers and check their availability during major events.
- BlaBlaClub: create a loyalty program to congrat & reward the top carpoolers.
- Top Body Challenge: an app that provide physical exercises on a regular basis (using “gorgeous” models from the BlaBlaCar crew to show how to…)
- Beer Myself: a Slack application to handle the attendees to our “Pot Tech” (afterwork every Thursday evening) to get a free drink!
- Emoji Master: it’s a game on Slack based on “Reactjis” (Emojis used to react to a message). It will determine who is the Emoji Master that was the first one to react on a message with the most used reacji!
- Toll!: a google map integration able to compute the toll price for motorways.
24H of thinking, coding, design, creation …
This 5th edition has been a real success!
And the winners are…
- Fat & Serious: The most useful project. Winner is: The Red Alert.
2. Big Dream: The most wow project. Winner is: Throttlesharing
3. Fail-o-fish: Most WTF or fun project. Winner is: Emoji Master
4. Be meat, Go far: The most “Ready to use” project. Winner is : BlaBlaXtension
5. Be the king: Most voted project in total. Winner is: BlaBlaClub
6. Shake more: Special Jury prize. Winner is: Top Body Challenge
For sure we will have a 6th edition before the end of the year… Stay tuned and let’s meet in a few months!