Netflix Hack Day — Spring 2016

by Daniel Jacobson, Ruslan Meshenberg, and Leslie Posada

Keeping with our roughly six-month cadence, Netflix recently hosted another fantastic Hack Day event. As was the case with our past installments, Hack Day is a way for our product development staff to take a break from everyday work to have fun, experiment with new technologies, collaborate with new people, and to generally be creative.

This time, we were lucky to have a team of Netflixers emerge to hack together a documentary video of the event. The following provides a peek into how the event operates:

Video credit: Reed Clément, Andrew House, Sean Williams, Andrew Melby, Sanford Holsapple, Lauren Machado, Rico Nasol, Madeline Romero, and Becky Parker

We had an excellent turnout, including over 200 engineers and designers working on more than 80 hacks. The hacks themselves ranged from product ideas to internal tools to improvements in our recruiting process. We’ve embedded videos below, produced by the hackers, to some of our favorites. You can also see more hacks from several of our past events: November 2015, March 2015, Feb. 2014 & Aug. 2014:

As always, while we think these hacks are very cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day. We are posting them here publicly to simply share the spirit of the event and our culture of innovation.

Thanks to all of the hackers for putting together some incredible work!


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Originally published at techblog.netflix.com on May 24, 2016.

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