What do you mean Ferry Hackathon? (Day 1)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I apologize for the constant procrastination.

So, this past weekend, I participated in something called a Ferry Hackathon(an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Osaka’s Port). When I tell people that I’m going to a ferry hackathon, they will almost certainly ask “what do you mean ferry hackathon?”

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably involved in the IT industry – that or we just happen to be Instagram/Facebook friends – so I’m assuming you know what a hackathon is. Basically, we just program all day and night whilst fueling ourselves with energy drinks and tons of junk foods.

A ferry hackathon is exactly what the name implies – a hackathon on a ferry! Can things get any funner than this?(Obviously a rhetorical question..)

The ferry that we’re going on is called “Sunflower” and it runs from Osaka to Beppu


I tried taking pictures of the famous Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from the ferry. But when it comes to night pictures, there is a limit to iPhone 6S’s camera..
Things started off with speeches from the organizers and the sponsors.

As this was a ferry hackathon, we were required to think of and develop a ferry-related product or service.

Can’t start developing without ideas! The ideas with the most votes presented what they came up with

By the way, this was already 11 at night so you can imagine what a long night it was going to be.

Decided to go with a team that was developing an SNS that could only be used on the ferry itself.

This was similar to my final idea. I wanted to develop a service that would connect the ferry-goers who were essentially stuck with each other for hours. I thought it would be fun if there was a platform where they could get to know each other and perhaps make a new friend or two.

Anyway, we ended up with 6 members in our team with half being students(including me). I was a bit worried because I only had experience developing iOS applications. I was secretly hoping that we could do smartphone applications but the consensus was that we develop a web application. That mean that I had to study HTML+CSS really quickly and straight away program. Not at all complaining though because it was surprisingly fun to try to learn something really fast and HTML+CSS is definitely beginner-friendly.

We discussed what features we wanted in our application
Discussion ended with delegation of tasks.

None of the team members knew each other beforehand, so there were some ice-breaking in between discussion. Day 1 ended around 4am for our team – had to wake up at 6 in the morning the next day. Barely slept but I guess that is what a hackathon is!

Going to write about the second day in another post!


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