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WLG Hackfest – Team Underscore

By Ruth
August 17 2017

Posted in Student Stories

Our premium student skills development event for code & design students in the programme is Hackfest, a 2 day app-building challenge for teams of SoT2017 students. They’re supported by industry mentors, and the challenge this year was to use an API or dataset, and build something cool in a weekend, e.g. a web/mobile app or data visualisation.

Here’s the profile of one of the teams from our Wellington Web Hackfest, held at Flux Federation on the 12th & 13th August 2017:

Team Underscore

Team: Matthew, Dan, Jeremy and Ronni (Developers), Calvin (Designer)

Lead Mentor: Van from Flux Federation

App Name: GitScout

What does it do?

GitScout identifies quality software developers through a simple and dynamic user experience.

GitScout shows the top GitHub contributors in Wellington with the ability to filter the results based on gists, repositories and followers.

We built it for employers seeking talent with tangible examples of work. It is also for developers looking to seek and network with some of Wellington’s top developers.

What tools did you use to build it?

The GitHub API was used in conjunction was OAuth.
We used Node.js as well as bootstrap, Express and Pug among others. Postman was used to test API calls.  Sketch and Illustrator were used for design.

Anything else you’d like to share about your Hackfest experience?

Hackfest gave young emerging tech talent the opportunity to gain experience using professional processes and tools. It also provided the chance to learn from mentors and people in the industry who had a plethora of helpful insights and knowledge. Hackfest is a must attend event for Summer of Tech students.

Team Underscore were awarded 2nd prize overall for Hackfest, congrats on an amazing weekend!

More photos

Some photos from the event are up on Facebook and there were a bunch of tweeted updates over the weekend too.

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