When your hack day idea gets out of control

The following is a shortened article from Medium, written by Anna Peniašková.

People at White October love doing hack days. It is a great way to push your limits and have fun making silly things. We held another hack day in January 2017.  Read more about what we have done during our previous hack days here.

How did we start?

As it is around 30 of us, we were put into teams. Every team consisted of a designer, a developer and a non-tech person.

My team included me in charge of design, Josh the  front end developer and Frances the account director. Pretty awesome combination. We held a brainstorming session straight away.

“What do we want to do?” was the question. Would it be something practical or something fun, maybe cool and not usable at all? After a few minutes of thinking (quite unsuccessful in terms of ideas) we looked at Josh and asked him what it is he is interested in. And the answer was: “The voice recognition.” Bingo! We had a theme, therefore we came back to brainstorming of what could we do with this kind of feature. We filtered all the post-its down to a game idea and that is when it has begun (maybe going a bit out of hand).

A mission — Voice recognition based fighting game!

Maybe we can have sound and some graphics popping out when you punch your opponent? Maybe you can choose a person from White October you want to fight? Can it be project related? What about the ability to upload your picture? Do we want those characters to move? How complicated are all those things? But what can we do in only 5 hours?

We went back to basics and started simple. Josh had a go with the speech recognition library called annyang! and Frances and I had a look at the design direction and did some research around commands and existing voice based games.

How did it go?

Well, like I already said we were a pretty awesome team so you can judge by yourself – for all the images and full progress go to Medium at the link below.

Let’s make some stuff!

Yes, we managed to have a working prototype by the end of the day! And we also successfully demoed it. It was one of the best days ever.

If you haven’t been a part of a hack day you should definitely try it! It is an amazing way to bond with your colleagues, find out a little bit more about what they like and most important to have fun and make silly things!

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