Thursday 21 August 2014

Bristol DUG Report - Accident Alert: A Summer of Hacks Story

Last night, at the Llandoger Trow in Bristol, the Bristol Salesforce Develoer User Group met up for another chance to chat code and talk about development on the platform.

The central theme of this latest event was hackathons, specifically the Summer of Hacks London event run by Salesforce last month. A presentation was given by the local Bristol team from Desynit behind the winning entry, an app called "Accident Alert". The app built at the hackathon used the Salesforce1 platform to provide users with the ability to record potential health and safety hazards around the workplace.

The open panel discussion included the three core members of the team (Matthew Morris, Shaun Holmes and myself), and covered how the team went about building the application, how we stayed sane through all night development sessions (coffee and chicken burgers),  and the lessons we learned about good application development.

This presentation wasn't just about the winning entry though, it was primarily about the experience of participating in hackathons, why they rock, the amazing people who attend and how everyone should sign up to them in the future. It's not all about technical expertise and being able to write code, it's all about identifying a potential new application or tool that is of genuine use to Salesforce users, and creating a prototype to fit that bill.

Here is the slide deck from the event:

Continuing on the theme of hacks and development, we were also honored to have a special project presentation by our youngest ever presenter Dara Morris, who presented a highly addictive jet fighter game he recently developed at a hack event. It seems the future of development is bright in the Bristol area!

Want to get involved and attend the Bristol DUG? Then check out the Bristol DUG Meetup page.

Not in the South West of the UK? Then check out the full list of Salesforce Developer User Groups.

Still no luck? Then start your own, add a comment to this post if you want to find out how!


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