On November 1, the Chicago Connectory hosted Facebook's
first-ever Chicago Hackathon. Facebook's Chicago Hackathon brought together developers,
UX designers, and others to create solutions focused on gaming and
entertainment, productivity and utility, and social cohesion.
The event kicked-off with a brief presentation highlighting
Facebook's perspective on engaging with developers. How can companies like
Facebook best engage with them, enable them, and cater to them? Through
Hackathons! It allows developers to connect, not only with each other, but with
the ecosystem around them.
The first day of the Hackathon gave participants an overview
of the different platforms Facebook has. The participants were also given a
presentation on the Facebook Messenger chatbot, SparkAR, and given additional
guidance on how to best prepare for judging, project submission, and their
Day two is where the teams got to work. Using their prior
knowledge and the information provided on the first day, the teams of 2-4
participants had the