Two members of the Ansca team attended the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco this past Saturday, along with a few hundred other developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. We ended up joining a team to help build an app merging the mobile and social spaces, (sound familiar?) and supporting another two-person team to create a fun, image-sharing iPad app developed using Corona SDK.
Shannon Clark and Curtis Schofield made Mosart, a way to display your photos or art on the iPad. The app was complete with multi-touch, and didn’t have a single line of code written before 2:00pm on Saturday. Despite that (and with no prior experience in Lua or Corona) Shannon and Curtis were able to put in a full night of coding and have a working version of their app by 10:00am the next day. They were the very first team to demo, and even gave a nice shout-out to Ansca Mobile — a great way to kick-off the demos on Sunday morning!
Our own Director of Engineering, Eric Herrmann, and I joined another team of developers to hack through the night on rCommend, a social-meets-mobile recommendation app.
Our six-person hacksquad did not know each other previously, yet came together to create a fully functioning demo of the app (and even Facebook and Twitter pages!) within the allotted 24-hour period. As a bonus, we were able to build the app across multiple mobile platforms because — you guessed it — we used the Corona SDK for the iPhone and Android versions, and had a BlackBerry developer on the team who did a BlackBerry version. (he was in town from Germany for the Blackberry Developer Conference, which starts today)
All in all, the event was a blast, and it was fascinating to see so many great ideas come to life in such a short amount of time. You can check out full coverage of the entire hackathon over at TechCrunch.
Thanks to TechCrunch for organizing this event, and all the food sponsors for keeping us fueled on pizza and snacks all night!