TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2014


One of the most anticipated tech conferences of the year, TechCrunch Disrupt brings together the greatest minds in tech. At this year’s conference, a group of GA Web Development Immersive alumni took home an award for Best CrunchBase App at Disrupt NY Hackathon. Teammates Kevin McAlear, Tahira Adaya, Kirsten Doyne, Ilias Tsangaris, and Zack Stayman came together to develop their skills and have a “fun, nerdy weekend with friends.”

The rules are simple: no more than 5 to a team and no pre-written code. The APIs or services that can be used are announced a day or two before, and once there on Saturday afternoon, the teams got right to work. Team member Kevin McAlear says of the event, “We came up with an idea at the event and our team started working on it throught the night until we presented on Sunday morning at 10am. We basically worked for 18 hours straight.”

Team member jobs and work-load naturally fell together based on how the group worked together in class. Chatting services, a Pivotal Tracker, and git/github was used to help the team work as a cohesive team. “Each person had different roles and completed different aspects of features of our app,” says McAlear.

The team chose to work with CrunchBase’s API and came up with a way to visualize the virtual paper-trail that flows between investors and startups. The app, Argos, uses information available on CrunchBase to show links between investors and the tech world.

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Basically, McAlear said, is “That we wanted to highlight the relationship between startups and investors in a fun and visual way.”

Check out their 1 minute presentation and the announcement of their win.

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