For two days each summer, most of the Shutterstock staff puts its regular work on hold and comes up with new, creative ideas that can be executed in just 24 hours. It’s the Shutterstock Hackathon, and it’s been growing bigger (and more competitive) every year since 2011.
The rules are simple: You have 24 hours to build something awesome. To be eligible for prizes, teams have to include members from at least three different departments, and you’re encouraged to collaborate with people you may never work with otherwise. This year, I was on a team with one marketer, one designer, and three recruiters, and we quickly set to work on a bit of a meta-hack — creating this infographic about the hackathon itself:
Chasing employees around the office at 2am and begging them to answer questions about how many toothbrushes were ordered (60) is no easy feat — especially when they’re scrambling to work on their own projects. But we succeeded, and sometime around 4am, the infographic was complete. Our remaining team members snuck off to conference rooms and closets for some much-needed shuteye, and in the morning, we updated the project with a few final stats.
All together, we had almost 400 people hacking across four cities, with one employee traveling 6,747 miles to reach our New York City hackathon from Tokyo. We also had hackers in Denver, San Francisco, and Berlin, plus a few working out of their homes around the world. The longest hack took 24 hours and one minute (because someone always has to push the deadline), and 81 employees stayed up all night, hacking away in our New York and San Francisco offices.
Explore the infographic above for more fun statistics, and stay tuned for more projects that came to life during this year’s Shutterstock Hackathon. You can also see everything posted on social media during the event by searching for #SSTKHackathon.