We hosted our first Hackathon at GumGum HQ in Santa Monica and we’re blown away by the inventiveness each participant brought to the table. 34 employees broken up into 11 teams spent 48 hours hacking before presenting their ideas to our executive team. It was a chance for anyone within our company to showcase their visions and have GumGum bring them to fruition. After some intense deliberation, the competition came to a close with an awards happy hour.
Highlights in the video below!
Taking home first place for their publisher support system was Michele Larson and Christine Wang.
In second place was Sebastian Schaeffer, Edmund Chen, Lauren DeFranza and Matt Evans who developed prototypes that demonstrate innovation in graphic design for GumGum ads.
In Third place was Kunal Saluja, Iris Fu, Nishita Sant and Joshua Ramos for their novel deep learning techniques used to extract emotions from images and text.
In the category sections, Most Innovative was won by Sebastien Schaeffer, Edmund Chen, Lauren DeFranza and Matt Evans. Myles O’Connor, Maxime Nay, Mario Lazaro and Guillaume Torche won Best Revenue Potential. Finally, Florian Dambrine won Best Execution, all the way from his home in France.
Check out our pre-competition teaser! A big thanks to Florian Dambrine in our French office for putting this together to get the GumGum team excited!