Autackathon, what a hackathon!
On 24 September, auticon launched their very first autackathon, a hackathon designed by people on the autistic spectrum to test the skills of anyone wanting to explore a career in software engineering, cyber security, quality assurance, or data analytics.
The event attracted 90 registrations from across Australasia for the first ever event and both teams and individuals entered tackling a variety of challenges to test their skill. The event was held entirely online with the bulk of participants joining from Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland.
The challenges started on the Friday and ran throughout the weekend with lots of fun had by all. The participants delivered some truly amazing ways to solve problems and lots of surprising and innovative solutions to the tasks.
For some of our participants it was their very first hackathon and there were some really fantastic comments on the event.
After completing the tasks, one of the people taking part said, “Overall, I’m super happy with my first hackathon experience and hope y’all enjoy checking out what I made. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in such a cool challenge and for all the effort y’all have put in to making it happen. “
And this from another participant, “Firstly, this was my first hackathon ever and I’ve had so much fun, it was a huge challenge for me and I got much more done than I expected and learned heaps along the way. “
Autackathon director and auticon Senior IT Consultant Aidan Millar-Powell spoke about his motivation in developing autackathon and the success of the event.
“Autackathon was about creating an engaging first experience with auticon and encouraging people to demonstrate their skills in an environment they’re comfortable with.”
“We had some really amazing submissions over the weekend, and it was great to see people enjoying the hackathon and coming up with some really innovative ways to work through the challenges that we set.”
“I’m looking forward to our future autackathon events and continuing to engage our audience with interesting and exciting new challenges. I’d also like to thank everyone that participated in our very first autackathon, it was great to get to know you all and see vast array of approaches to the challenges we created. “ [/ vc_column_text]