Talent and technology at 'Hack Day 2016'

What happens when our talented teams get together for 24 hours for hack day.

12 Offices, 5 countries, 500 employees and 76 ideas. In 24 hours.

To celebrate our parent company Squiz reaching 500 employees across all of our businesses globally, last month the Squiz Group held an international, 24 hour “Hack Day”.

The major objective for the day was to showcase our impressive and ever growing pool of talent through hacks that bring us closer to our vision as a group.

A total of 76 ideas were submitted prior to the hack day kickoff. We were excited to be part of this hackathon, with the majority of Funnelback staff across Australia and the UK getting involved in an array of different projects. True collaboration was the order of the day, and we found ourselves participating in both Funnelback only, joint Squiz and Funnelback, technical and non technical, and cross team and inter-office projects. Some of us joined more than one team, making for a truly busy 24 hours!

There were some fantastic ideas that arose from our talented search specialists, and a large number of company wide projects that included search as the primary ‘problem solver’. Overall, it was great to feel the team spirit and to have our ideas validated by our colleagues and listened to by our company decision makers.

And the winner is….

Our dedicated Product Manager Gioan Tran in Victoria took out first place with his project, Search Everything. In true Funnelback visionary style, Gioan and his team were able to bring together a mammoth enterprise search POC, gathering content across 17 of the 34 different systems* used by Squiz and Funnelback within 24 hours, proving once again that Funnelback’s enterprise capabilities are flexible, robust and effective. Congrats to Gioan and all involved!

*Systems successfully crawled as part of Search Everything were: JIRA, Confluence, Zendesk, Gitlab, OpsWiki, LDAP Directory + Public Matrix websites, intranets, authenticated documentation sites, forums and manuals sites.

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