Compass just completed our annual hackathon in November. Our goal was to spur innovation and creativity to help influence the future of Compass (and to give out some cool prizes). This was my first hackathon experience, and I had so much fun during these four amazing days.
Our hackathon had teams from our offices in NYC, DC, and our newly minted Seattle engineering hub, where I sit.
I was impressed with my highly talented teammates in Seattle. They worked on a variety of projects such as Concierge Map and Concierge before/after images with the AI team, 3D Matterport Virtual Tour Pipeline with the Media team, “Follow” a Specific Listing with the Infra team, etc. Everyone was working hard, collecting ideas and coding together!
I teamed up with Zhouqian Ma, Zhixiang Ren, Chester Millistock and Henry Guo. For our project, we decided to work on a 3D Matterport Virtual Tour. We felt providing virtual tours would be a valuable feature to add that wouldn’t take too long to hack together.
On the first day, we divided the work into several parts. Chester handled frontend implementation. Zhouqian worked on data ingestion and search API. Henry helped set up a cloud testing demo box. Zhixiang and I dealt with the data pipeline and saved the 3D matterport URL to DynamoDB. The design team designed a 3D button on the listing page.
The hackathon is about speed, so our project was not a production ready project; however, after the hackathon, we can redesign, update, and ship this into a polished product ready for production.
With our project more or less complete, it was time for demos. On our demo box, one can search a region on Compass. In the results, we can see a 3D gallery and explore the 3D virtual tour of that listing. In addition to showing off our project during the demo, we had a chance to meet with all the talented teams and learn about their work. I saw several innovative ideas from New York teams, and I learned a lot from their way of thinking.
On Friday, Freddy Muñoz, our Sr Staff TPM and Chief of Staff to the CTO, invited us to the Slack-based ceremony channel. We were very excited to learn that we won the people’s choice award. All the effort, late nights of coding, and heavy collaboration was worth it. I really appreciated all of the incredible effort from my teammates!
Our Hackathon was about the pure innovation spirit. If we had fun, learned new things, and made new friends — we were all winners at the end!