Hack the Web: Jibe’s 1st Hackathon

Hack the Web: Jibe’s 1st Hackathon

Mike Roberts


A few weeks back, we hosted a Hackathon at Jibe HQ in New York. Developers from all different backgrounds participated, from students at Pace University, to recent grads from General Assembly, to experienced Devs from larger companies. Attendees spent the day programming away, creating ways to make the web more useful. As I wrote about here, Jibe greatly values making the web more useful – so much so that it was the theme of our first Hackathon. We offered a bonus prize for the best HR-related hack, so many of the ideas were related to our industry as well.

We held the Hackathon on a summer Saturday, during the thick of the World Cup, and yet I couldn’t believe the turnout and energy in the office that day. We had teams in every conference room, lounging on our couches and open desks, excitedly discussing their ideas and how they might bring them to life. Constantly refueling with sodas and snacks, the developers worked tirelessly to build something new and fresh that might make the web more useful.

At the end of the day, we watched the teams present to our panel of judges. There was so much talent in the room. Even when the teams weren’t able to fully finish the code they were working on, the ideas presented were fresh and innovative. Some may not think of New York City first and foremost as a technology hotbed along the lines of Silicon Valley, Boston or even Austin, but there is a thriving culture of innovation and real development talent here in Gotham.

It was interesting to see the perspective from developers who aren’t necessarily in our industry. Many of them went for the HR hack bonus prize, so we got to see what can happen when you build something without the restraint of thinking “well, this is how it’s always been done.”

There is so much potential for innovation in this industry. For too long, we’ve been held back by thinking about what the recruitment process has been, just assuming that it needs to stay that way. But with the advent of mobile and social recruiting, advances in software development, and a re-energized focus on user experience, we have an opportunity to change things. This new mode of thinking aligns with our mission here at Jibe, and allows the industry to start changing the way we view candidate experience and engagement, job applications, and the entire recruitment process in general. If we start to think outside the box, we can truly bring products to market that make the web more useful for talent acquisition.

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