March 6, 2017 | Lisa Rathjens

Small Business Hackathon London Wrap-Up

What an amazing weekend!  120+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs descended on CodeNode in London for the QuickBooks #SmallBizHack to work with five API partners to come up with ways to save time or money for small businesses. At the end of 25.5 hours of coding, we watched 27 teams pitch an impressive variety of apps to our panel of three judges, as well as judges from each of our five API partners.  Over the two days — in between design and coding — hackers managed to experience some great technical talks, enjoy fab food courtesy of street-fare vendor Kerb, and get competitive with legos, race cars, foosball, table tennis, and more.  We closed the weekend having learned new skills, created new solutions, made new friends, and found new colleagues and mentors — and possibly kicked off a startup or two.

The hack challenge: Create a new solution that saves a small business time of money. (Full rules are here.)

1st Place winner: Team Arbitrue

The overall small business hackathon winners are:

  • First place: £5000
    • Arbitrue: An AI-based personal virtual accountant. Used Amazon Alexa and QuickBooks APIs. Congratulations to the team of Sebastian Bobrowski, Dariusz Skrzypo, and Piotr Bryniarski
  • Second place: Quadcopter drone with FPV glasses
    • SWITCH.CM: Chatbot that simplifies and eases management of hotel/rentals reservations and payments. Used QuickBooks, Nexmo, Estimote, Amazon Alexa, and Square APIs. Congratulations to Jeff Pan
  • Third place: Dashcam and bluetooth speakers
    • Tax Optimiser: Identifies options for businesses to reduce taxes and take advantage of government initiatives that improve the overall economy. Used QuickBooks API. Congratulations Mark O’Grady

The API challenge winners are:

  • QuickBooks API challenge
    • Tax Optimiser: Identifies options for businesses to reduce taxes and take advantage of government initiatives that improve the overall economy. Congratulations Mark O’Grady
  • Nexmo API challenge
    • Anna: A meeting assistant to passively take minutes and record actions. Congratulations to the team of Anna Jordan, Joned Sarwar, Jos van der Westhuizen, and Stratos Markou
  • Amazon Alexa API challenge
    • W8R: Saves restaurant owners the cost and management hassle of servers by letting guests order and pay from an Echo Dot and Square device combination at their table. Congratulations to team of Eugene Fisher, Gonzalo Toledano, Jose Fernandez, and Taner Eyrice
  • Square API challenge
    • W8R: Saves restaurant owners the cost and management hassle of servers by letting guests order and pay from an Echo Dot and Square device combination at their table. Congratulations to team of Eugene Fisher, Gonzalo Toledano, Jose Fernandez, and Taner Eyrice
  • Estimote beacon challenge
    • Bava: Helps store owners eliminate and manage queues and improve customer engagement using beacon and voice technology. Congratulations to team of Geldi Mansaku, Shpat Buzoku, Hamza Bandukara, and Julius Razanauskas

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to everyone who came out to code with us through the weekend!

Relive the event by checking out the Twitter stream and photos on the Intuit Developer Facebook page.

Some of the Intuit QuickBooks team that made the Small Business Hackathon possible. Thank you London devs for a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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