Team Tango goes to TechCrunch Disrupt

September 30, 2014

It was 2pm on that fateful afternoon, September 6th 2014, when the first bit of code was saved. "The project has been checked in!" Matt proclaims. That's when things got real for the team, and we knew we were about to hack all night. A team of five from Tango banded together to partake in TechCrunch Disrupt's Hackathon; where fame and glory are bestowed upon the winners, shame and disgrace upon the losers. None of us had ever participated in a hackathon before, but with a $5000 grand prize, and numerous smaller prizes from various sponsors, there was more than enough motivation to forgo sleep for the night.The first of many challenges awaited us right at the start, when w realized we would be using tools we hadn't used before. The second major challenge was not of the mind, but of the body. The building staff saw fit to blast the air conditioner all night, creating a sort of geek-refrigerator. The third challenge would be coming up with an idea for an app to create. Luckily, we overcame this challenge by coming together the day before the hackathon started to settle on a product. Our idea was simple - to connect people professionally at conferences or other gatherings similar to TechCrunch. Our product would allow people to skip the business card exchange and go straight to LinkedIn connections by creating a list of other people they have 'breezed' by throughout the day. With three QA Engineers, an iPhone developer, and a designer, we all set out to build an Android app to accomplish this idea. Throughout the night, TechCrunch staff provided sustenance for us. Sandwiches for lunch, fajitas for dinner, and at 12:30am, they even gave out pizza and beer to help us reach our Ballmer Peak. Breakfast came too soon at the crack of dawn, when people were fervently trying to polish up whatever code they had working. The night had become a blur of coffee, soda, and snacks. The deadline was 9:30am, and presentations started around 11am. With 130 teams presenting at the end, the competition was fierce. I personally was busy most of the night carving up our server code to work with whatever cloud provider was offering the coolest prizes. Matt was busy making the UI work, Greg was on LinkedIn integration, Quoc was making sure people could message each other, and Hanna was adding the graphical makeup to cover the ugly interior.When all was said and done, we had an entirely decent-looking app. It amazingly worked. I think we all learned a valuable lesson that day. The value of hard work and a good team … we also learned how much we all love sleep. Sadly we didn't win any sponsor prizes, but we did score tickets to the TechCrunch Disrupt conference! All in all, I feel most of us enjoyed what we accomplished, and we might consider doing something similar again.

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