Meet the Winner of Atlassian’s 2015 Codegeist Hackathon

December 9, 2015

10:00 am

In 2015, András Kora, Anton Kovach, Alan Hawkins, Gabor Madi, Krisztian Kocsis, and Laszlo Minczer applied to the Atlassian Codegeist add-on Hackathon. Together, the group of entrepreneurs from ShiwaForce.com built out a niche software add-on that they were confident could take home the gold.

As it turns out, they bagged “Overall Best Add-On” in the international agile developer competition. So, what were they working on? An add-on called Scrum Poker for JIRA, that they released alongside native apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

If you’ve heard of JIRA before, that’s because it’s a product that was built first by Atlassian, one of the world’s most popular enterprise software companies. In fact, they’re best known for JIRA, which is a tracking app.

“With the Scrum Poker add-on, we wanted to put the fun back into agile estimation with slick, native mobile apps and a plugin for JIRA,” says Kora. “When developers join an estimation session we want to detach them from their laptops – to make the session more effectively – while keeping the digital tech edge.”

Of course, winning the top prize at the 2015 Atlassian Codegiest took them to the next level, internationally speaking. That is, they got an exclusive presence in the Atlassian Marketplace.

In total, 115 companies submitted add-ons to be judged, but the Scrum Poker for JIRA came out on top at the end of the day. According to the team, their strengths were in the UI design on both the web and on the two mobile platforms: they used Java for the add-on backend and lightweight JavaScript based technology for the frontend.

I wanted to hear more about the platform directly from the team, so I reached out to them directly with some questions:

Can you explain how the technology works?

ShiwaForce.com Team: First you need to install an add-on in JIRA. This is written in Java and integrates with the JIRA agile framework. JIRA managers (Scrum Masters) enable the add-on that appears on the JIRA agile boards. Team members download the mobile client (iOS and Android versions provided) and either use it as a standalone tool or they can connect to a voting session initiated by the JIRA manager (Scrum Master). Once an agile story needs to be estimated team members can vote using their mobile phones. The votes are communicated back to the server using websockets (resulting in super-fast and secure communication) where the Scrum master can see who has voted. Once everyone has voted the Scrum Master reveals the results and further discussions can take place. The results are also sent back to each mobile device.

What larger themes and trends are relevant to your announcement?

ShiwaForce.com TeamThe Atlassian Summit is currently taking place in San Francisco and it is the biggest annual event for Atlassian. The Codegeist competition took place before this event. Receiving the top prize gives us international exposure as well as drives sales in the Atlassian Marketplace.

ShiwaForce.com Inc. is a Hungarian Budapest based company with private investors (Széchenyi Capital Fund Management).

When and why was your company founded?

ShiwaForce.com Team: The company founded in 2011 and it is one of the fastest growing companies in the field of innovative online solutions in Hungary, having been ranked as the second fastest company in the region on Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 50 listing under the Rising Star category. With a team of more than 60, it is a lean organization with a strong startup attitude.

We believe that every change is also an opportunity. Our creative, open and agile approach helps our clients achieve business success. We develop professional, modern and user friendly web solutions that bring maximum return on our clients’ investments.

Our in-house developed software products include SAS Node, RAMA, BlondXML, SIWWWA and Karma Platform. Karma Platform has joined Bloomberg’s London based GROW Forum and has been selected into the top 15 most exciting and innovative business software solutions in the world at SWIFT’s Innotribe competition.

Image Credit: Wikimedia 

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America’s Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He’s the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he’s off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing…or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach.

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