Hackathon has been considered as a major startup activity several years ago and it is overwhelmingly popular here in Dublin, Ireland among the people who has business, financial, and technological background. I participated several hackathons in respect of distinct themes. This is my first time of participating Hack / Make the Bank, and also my very first FinTech hackathon as a developer.
I believe that I can learn a lot in participating some event for the first time. And it really worked in Hack / Make the Bank. From the eyes of developer, I found the organizers of Hack / Make the Bank introduced several frameworks involve financial technology such as Open Bank Project, and Blue Bank API. I had a talk with one of the developers of Blue Bank API regarding the APIs provided by them and some special uses which were not illustrated in their document. Furthermore I used Blue Bank API in my project, Fit 4 Good.
In terms of my project, I would like to talk more about it. Fit 4 Good is an mobile application that allows user to keep fit and donate to charity they picked. During the Hack / Make the Bank we focused on Apple Watch to monitor health data. What I did is write the API specialized in Swift then another developer, Brian Henry, can use it in Apple Watch. I have read the official documentation of Swift but I have never implemented it into my project, with the help of Brian, I dug much deeper in frameworks in Swift than what I have done before involve HTTP protocol, JSON, etc. With the great contributions of our teammates, technical supports, and technologies we used, we won the Technical Prize with a Raspberry Pi 2.
It is a great opportunity to interact with APIs associated with banks, had learn a lot and craics! https://t.co/ZJVA6HyKTZ
— Stark the Kingberry (@KingberryStark) January 31, 2016
Another advantage of this event is great food and drink service, and the karaoke session, which I have never enjoyed that much on my previous hackathons. However I also noticed few shortages in this hackathon: shorter final pitch session than other hackathons, less technical development than business planning in 48 hours then some other events that I involved. And I would like to emphasize that is becoming more frequently on other hackathons. As a developer, I would be happy to see more people from different background participate technical events, but actual development is critical as well.