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Is it worth participating in a hackathon? What should I do with my project afterwards? In this post the winners of the #hack4dk hackathon will describe their successful usage of the prototype implemented during the hackathon.
We are Kostas and Max from CodeUnited. In the beginning of October we’ve participated in #hack4dk and won the competition. Within 24 hours we’ve created «Kulturarv» — an augmented reality application on Android, guiding you through Denmark’s protected and preservation-worth buildings. In other words, the «Kulturarv» app projects the physical location of these buildings onto the camera view, enabling an impression of an augmented reality.
After 24 hours of the competition we had a draft version of the application, suitable for demonstration purposes. And after the competition we’ve decided to clean-up the code, add more features, and polish the app so that it would be a real product eligible for publishing.
We’ve invested some time for improving the performance of the app too. We’ve also added more data sources, enabling a user to see information from Wikipedia, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter. Additionally, we made it possible to easily add new data sources to the application, so it can be extended with the new data. Finally, we published the application on the Google Play, created a website and open-sourced the project.
You can download «Kulturarv» application directly from Google Play:
You can see more information about it on our website:
You may ask — what actually happened after the release? First of all, we were invited to present the application on European CARARE conference, which is dedicated to digitizing and provision of services on architectural and archaeological heritage. Next, we have a nice end-product for our portfolio. The press started talking about us. Lastly, we got some inquiries on the adoption of the application for the new data sources.
Is it worth participating in a hackathon? It certainly is — you meet new people, get new ideas, develop something interesting that can be used afterwards. Should you participate to win? We strongly advise against that, as in the pursuit of the victory you may loose the fun of the process. All in all, it is not the best hack that wins.