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Rascasone Christmas Hackathon 2018

"I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Someone feverishly buys gifts during Advent, someone programs with enthusiasm.

At Rascason, we decided to treat our company Christmas party as a hackathon.

A hackathon, or hack day or hackfest, is an event during which programmers and web designers work intensively on a given software project.

In our case, 8 programmers sat on the assigned task on Friday, December 7 at 10 am and did not stop programming until the evening hours.

We chose the format of the competition, so that two teams faced each other in an equal battle.

The teams were selected by lot, which divided the Uličná brothers, the founders of the company, into competing groups.

Each team went to their room and the competition could begin.

The task was to create a web and mobile application inspired by the Eisenhower principle.

In other words, an application in which it is possible for a larger group of users to divide individual tasks efficiently so that each team member knows what task to focus on and with what priority.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the top general of the US Army and later the President of the United States, was forced by the demands of his profession to devise an approach that helped him determine the priorities he dealt with every day.

This principle later became a world-renowned time-management method.

It consists in dividing the list of tasks into four categories according to the axes of urgency and importance.

With individual combinations, the task can then be classified into one of four categories: do it now, schedule it, delegate it, do it later (do first, schedule, delegate, do later).

The teams threw themselves into work so intensively that the winner was not clear until the last moment.

The fight was tense and even.

In order for the other non-programming team members to contribute their hand to the work, they were given the task of beautifying the office with hand-made decorations while closely monitoring the progress of the application development.

At around nine o'clock in the evening, both teams presented their work and the winner was announced.

But because we pull together in Rascasone, we all enjoyed the prize in the form of three bottles of quality whiskey together. (☺)


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