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Internal Hackathon: Awake the Beasts!

Last week, we had our first internal hackathon and it was a raging success. We knew that we wanted to hack on our outbound webhooks feature because there’s a lot of cool stuff that you can do with an outbound webhook. If you don’t believe me, be sure to scroll down and check out the interesting things we created in the space of 6 hours.

The team gathered ideas a few days before the event and then set about to work on said hacks. Food was provided so that no one had to worry about their hunger and there was an abundance of caffeinated beverages. Prizes were awarded for both the most useful hack and the most creative.


Why would we do this? To be honest, we have released features in the past that are so powerful, so life-altering, even we’re not sure the best way to use them. So, this time, we want to experiment with glueing the internet together before putting this loaded weapon into our customer’s hands.

Here’s what we were able to accomplish…

The Reporting Hack: an integration w/ Keen IO that pumps data into DataHero & creates useful visuals to see different chat metrics by user, incident phase, etc. This one almost puts Andrew out of a job.

Another Awesomely Weird Hack by Talon: an alert that makes nice sounds. This is exactly what we expected from Talon and he did not disappoint.

The Slacker Hack: an integration w/ Stack Overflow. When an alert comes in, an additional info alert gets created that checks Stack Overflow for the solution to the problem and then sends that info as an alert into the timeline. Leave it to Nick.

The Public Shaming Hack: this sweet integration is perfect for using Twitter as it was designed. If you get notified of an incident and don’t ack the alert within a certain amount of time, you start getting public tweets calling you out. Garrett won many people over with this one.


The Perfect Marriage of Outbound Webhooks: Using the Maker channel in IFTTT.com, this integration allows you to set up rules around receiving any incident and then easily adding said incident to your calendar. Chris worked on this one and is excited to have a busy-looking calendar now.

The Prehistoric Hack: We knew this one was going to be good when we saw the table setup in the morning. Basically, an alert comes in & wakes up the dinosaur. Because, of course, it does. Many thanks to Jerry and Daniel for keeping us awake and entertained during the hackathon demos.

The Super-Useful Hack: This one involves updating our current Slack integration and making it possible to include alerts in the right Slack channel.This cuts down on Slack noise and means that you could have a separate channel for each route key. Why are you so awesome Nate?

During a fun-filled demo session, the hacks presented were all so good that it was difficult to pick a winner. But we managed to pick the most useful hack (Nate w/ his multi-channel Slack integration) and the most creative (Jerry & Daniel with their dinosaur alert alarm.)


This is the first in a series of hackathons we’re hoping to make a more regular event. Congrats to everyone who took part and to all those who won, nice work!

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