Pathao hosts ‘Virtual Hackathon’
Pathao, tech startup and ridesharing service, recently completed a two-day virtual hackathon event for its tech staff, with the goal of creating a fun and enjoyable experience among coworkers during the pandemic.
After 2 days of frantic implementation, 14 teams participated in the hackathon and demonstrated creative projects in front of the jury board. The hackathon was judged by Pathao CEO H M Elius, CFO and President Fahim Ahmed, CTO Shifat Adnan, and other tech team leaders.
The hackathon closed its curtains with Team 'Devly' clinching the title of the winner, followed by Teams 'Genjam' and 'Pathfinder' securing 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The winning team, "Devly", worked on a debugging tool for developers. Sourav, the leader of team "Devly" said, "This was a great way to explore new ideas and work on problems outside our day-to-day tasks. We hope to implement this idea even further at some point."
Meanwhile, other teams such as Team Cookie Monster created a novel way to assign a rider and delivery man as a personal shopper, who can buy anything consumers need and deliver. Another team named "Avengers'' whipped up a way to intelligently suggest services to users.
The purpose of the hackathon was to help engineers, designers and product folks to bond over building fun tech projects. During the three weeks leading up to the hackathon, the teams chose their own ideas and implemented prototypes themselves.
CEO of Pathao H M Elius said, "We wanted to host something where engineers, designers, and product folks could have fun while working on some meaningful projects. While the lockdowns may have curbed our usual events like Pathao's annual football tournament, or celebration of various festivals, this hackathon was a breath of fresh air from everyday life during this pandemic. Furthermore, such creative and well-executed projects proved the hackathon to be fertile ground for innovation."