Hackathon On! Innovation, Collaboration and NI Culture
Networked Insights kicked off its quarterly Hackathon this week, with a special guest appearance from our friends at Google. Our VP of Product Engineering Stephen Tucker spills the beans on why we do it, and how the spirit of entrepreneurial innovation helps drive development of some of our flagship products.
In my time at NI, there have been many ways that we have approached building and dreaming up new products. Whether the product be market moving or market demanding, all of us at Networked Insights are entrepreneurs and have equity in the creation of products. In fact, it is stitched into our creed.
New hires at Networked Insights are handed values by which we operate on a daily basis: Collaboration, Ownership, Leadership and Entrepreneurship (COLE for short). These are the ingredients that we demand of ourselves at NI, and one of the ways that we amplify these values that are centered around innovation is to have Hackathons.
How it Works
Hackathons to us are typically a two to four-day affair. Two days at the office with another two days on the weekend if you choose to continue building and imagining your new idea.
While Hackathons are nothing new to technology companies, we open the door for everyone in the company to participate. Meaning, if one of our colleagues have an idea, they must present it to the organization before the Hackathon begins. This idea will serve as a forum to recruit colleagues to assist them in implementing their idea in addition to receiving feedback, while also getting colleagues thinking about how this “thing” fits into our eco-system.