Last month, Concur developers competed in the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York City. Close to 1,000 developers participate every year, vying for geek fame, glory… and cash ... and a chance to learn.
Our group split into three teams and had the opportunity to check out multiple APIs. We came up with three new concepts: Book-It-Simon, By The Way, Calendar Call. In the end, our teams collectively won prizes and recognition from the Microsoft Outlook REST API team, Twilio, CircleCI, Nexmo and Atlantic.net. We took home some camera drones and got free passes to the main TechCrunch Disrupt, worth $1,000 each!
Our team was composed of engineers who live and breathe code to make the Concur Platform a great experience for both users and developers. From the image above, left to right:
- Dustin Graves - Engineer on the Developer Experience team working on the Concur API gateway and document auto connector
- Melanie Llona - UX Designer (Melanie's not from Concur, but we consider her Concur family nonetheless)
- Ryan Ewing - Engineer working on the next generation of the Concur App Center
- Pasang Sherpa - Software Engineer in the App Center team
- Weiteng Huang - Senior Software Design Engineer currently working on UI projects using Node.js and React.js
- Hicham El Hammouchi - Senior Engineer currently working on the new Node.js (NUI) effort to create a new UI platform.
- Me – Engineer and, for this blog, Photographer
We were also joined by Andrew Du, a student from the University of California who flew across country for the event. Andrew was so committed that he skipped booking a room for the night altogether (I kid you not) and coded the entire time.
In addition to gaining knowledge about new APIs, we got to present awesome projects created in 24 hours. These presentations were then live-streamed to hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. You can check out our cool-cat Dustin presenting Book-It-Simon, an Outlook web plugin for booking travel, inspired by Concur's Perfect Trip vision (see the TechCrunch video below):