XHackNight by Xhackers - A journey to relish

Let me start our XHacknight postmortem with a quote which summarizes our pre-Xhacknight journey

The amount of effort you put in is the amount of results you end up with - Catherine Pulsifer

It all started when we, the XHackers launched our Xhacknight website -http://xhackers.co/xhacknight and invited cross-platform app/game development enthusiasts to sign up for a two day overnight hackathon- our first public Xhackers hackathon.

The response was overwhelming and it was a full house at the venue by 10 AM.

On Feb 7th, the first day we had sessions stretching on Xamarin, Microsoft Azure and CocosSharp, which guided participants to get started with Xamarin and CocosSharp -APIs, libraries, components, IDE, Tools, Azure services to use as backend for their apps/games. Let's name this chapter of our journey as Learn to Code

There were sessions and demos by

  • Pooran on Xhacknight Sponsors, Rules & Prizes
  • Nishanth from Xamarin on Mobile Excellence, Hello iOS, Architecting for Cross-Platform, Xamarin. Forms, & Windows Phone
  • Vic on Hello, Android
  • Abhishek and Sagar Bhanudas from Microsoft on Mobile First, Cloud First and Azure Mobile Service
  • Vidyasagar on Go Gaming with CocosSharp.

Participants showered their love for the sessions and their valuable feedback through tweets on twitter (#Xhackers)

On the same day evening at 5 PM, KirtiSagar from XHackers team announced 5 hacks with the choice left to participants to choose one. We call this chapter of our journey as Code to Win - Hack Begins

The hacks had some simple rules and stressed usage of GeoTagging, GeoFencing, GeoLocation APIs, Xamarin and CocosSharp libraries + Components. We also suggested them to use Microsoft Azure storage or services as a backend for their apps/games.

We had few panel members, including Senthil reviewing participants' ideas and others helping in setting up their machines with Xamarin software.

Hackers (Participants) were fully charged and continued transforming their ideas into apps/games. XHackers team was roaming around interacting with the teams, helping them in moving forward, encouraging and entertaining them as it was a long night ahead.

The participants were so much into their app/game development using Xamarin that they didn't even bother about dinner and sleep. Their determination forced us to stay awake the whole night. To keep the participants charged, we were running TweettoWin contest.

Day 2 - 9:00 AM, at 17th Hour of XHacknight

Most of the participants have zeroed on their idea and were 30-35% done with their development. There were some interesting ideas getting transformed into Cross platform apps and games.

We organized a session on connecting your Xamarin apps to Azure Mobile services by Anubhav from Xamarin to help participants.

At 1PM, we closed the hack and its Judgement time. It was tough for us to judge as more than 50 participants showed awesome enthusiasm and patience in developing cross platform apps/games using Xamarin.

Every team was given 2 minutes to present their idea and app/game. The panel judged each app/game based on a five point criteria - Idea, Number of platforms, UI design, Cloud usage, Xamarin API, Library usage.

Prizes from our sponsors were given under different categories

  • Best cross platform app
  • Best gaming app
  • Best windows app
  • Best Idea
  • Best API usage
  • Best Effort

It's all over and we loved every second of our journey and we thank every participant for making this special and would love to see you again.

We also thank our sponsors Microsoft,Xamarin for the prizes, food and other arrangements.We cordially thank Pluralsight, Telerik(US) for their goodies and support.

Rather than calling this a postmortem, we would love to call this postMomentum.

Tweets from participants

Xhackers Core Team