Earlier this month, Brightcove's engineering team took a step away from their backlogs, formed teams that did not exist before and worked on whatever the team wanted to. Sound chaotic? It was; that is the fun of Hack Week!
Hack Week is an interesting concept, spawning from Google's 20 percent time perk and taking a more team-based, short-project approach at Brightcove. Our Hack Week started off with a few hours where engineers pitched their creative ideas, then teams formed around interests and the hacking began.
We had teams working on all sorts of cool projects. During demo day, our company witnessed what our engineers created in a week--everything from bug stomps to MPEG-DASH in HTML5, tools to help the support organization and mobile apps that integrated with our Live product. It was great to see the whiteboard walls (they are actually green, blue and orange here at Brightcove) filling up as concepts turned into prototypes which then transformed into demo-able hacks.
With that being said, below is a video to provide a personal, inside look at Hack Week here at Brightcove.