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Waddle Hackathon 2022: Automation

Chelsea Larkin  •  01 August, 2022

Here at Waddle, we celebrate simplicity, innovation, and collaboration. Every quarter, Waddle holds a two-day Hackathon in Sydney as part of these values – creating an opportunity to solve problems and spark ideas in a way that reflects our other key value: fun.

The Waddle Hackathon theme of this quarter was “Automation”.

Anyone at Waddle can suggest a Hackathon idea, and engineers team up and pick which idea they want to work on. The team compete over two days, and the rest of the Waddlers gather in the office to watch and have lunch together.

Innovation winner - Hackathon 2022

Meet the Hackathon teams:

  • Team Efficiency “Our idea was real-time Waddle platform theming, so essentially we are able to change the colours/logos of the Waddle platform on the fly.” David Chen, Engineer
  • Team Lumberjack “We worked on a support tool that monitors our systems and automatically finds all of the relevant information to help you diagnose and fix an error.” Bo Wang, Lead Engineer
  • Team PA “Our challenge was to update the “book a sales call” step in the onboarding journey to integrate with a sales person’s actual calendar (via Google Calendar API).” Gihan Fernando, Lead Engineer
  • Team Gotta Catch Em All Create an automated report to pick up anomalies in bank statement data.
  • Team Big Brother Schedule, configure and automate sending of existing and future portfolio reports in all partner instances and to any stakeholders without the need to create application users.
  • Team Techie “Automatically configuring feature flags for an application using a code repository as source of truth.” Julien Fourment, Development Manager
  • Team Hi-Vis “Our challenge was the building of VM images so that latest security patches can be applied by simply just triggering a pipeline.” John Youkhana, Senior Engineer

The Waddle Hackathon 2022 Winners

At the end of the two days, all the teams present their automation hacks to the rest of the Waddlers.

Collaboration

The winners of the Collaboration category were Natalia, Christine and Kevin from Team Gotta Catch Em All for their Pokemon-themed automation that identifies anomalies in bank data.

Innovation

The two winners of the Innovation category were Julien Fourment and John Youkhana. Julien automatically configured feature flags for an application using a code repository as source of truth, and John automated virtual machine images so that the latest security patches can be applied with a simple trigger.

Simplicity

The winners of the Simplicity category were Bo, George, Yorkie and Sam from Team Lumberjack for their creation of Athena. Athena is a support tool that monitors our systems and automatically finds all of the relevant information to help diagnose and fix errors.

The winners received online vouchers of their choice.

To celebrate the end of Hackathon, Waddlers hit the town for woodfired pizza and escape rooms.

Escape rooms - Hackathon July 2022

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