Weeks of office banter and competitive tension finally came to a head on Friday for the very first Makemedia Hack Day. This was a chance for everyone in the company to get fired up and create, investigate or nurture any idea they want – and to win a prize for the best project.
And get fired up they did!
The teams and their creations were as follows…
The 3 Marketeers
Laura, Sam and Bryony created a multi-faceted marketing campaign surrounding the creation of Makemedia mascot Fanny the Robot! We started up a twitter page which by the end of the day had 30 followers (which is still rising #followfanny !) We also designed a template for a make your own Fanny the robot and a real life sized robot. We brought this all together with a funny viral video.
Tom, Edd and Steve created an iphone app to prevent users from burning their mouths on hot food. Users select the foodstuff they are cooking and how long it cooked for and the app scientifically calculates how long you should leave it till its optimum eating temperature. It was impressive they made this app in just one day- also great for when you’re deep frying tomatoes or flambéing porridge! Team tigerblood were so confident they spent their budget on chef hats and Cava!
The 3D team
Richard and George created a bird box that employee suggestions are posted into, breaking a laser beam, which then sends an email to relevant in-boxes. Unfortunately due to a technical snag the laser didn’t quite work and was replaced with a doorbell.
And last (and least…team members not effort or creativity!)… Ben
Ben did some R&D investigation into AR technology and was able to get it working on his iphone and laptop. It was really cool but he was marked down on the fact it wasn’t his work from scratch. Interesting though – maybe something we can work on in the future.
And the winner is…
With much hilarious heckling and bravado each team presented their creation the judging panel (Jackie Mission and Robin Scott) declared the winners to be The 3D team…closely followed by The 3 Marketeers. Ben also received comendment in form of a cold beer. Much fun was had by all and Jackie Mission was very impressed with all our efforts and even tweeted about our ‘BRILLIANT TEAM WORK’.