Team Pegasus’s quadcopter gathers on-the-scene damage assessments via aerial imagery for better disaster recovery.
Now in its fifth year, Hack Week is an annual tradition at Palantir. During Hack Week, all normal work on our products stop and ad-hoc teams compete to create prototypes of new features (or even whole new products). While innovation is a normal part of work in crafting Palantir’s Data Fusion Platforms and the constellation of technologies that support them, Hack Week is intended to give everyone a blank canvas. People are encouraged to build things that take us in unexpected and unplanned directions. It’s a week of unbound creativity, throttled only by the need to sleep and the looming deadline of the Hack Week Final Presentations.
Team C-Dog presents their work on operational transforms to enable realtime collaboration.
In years past, various Hack Week projects have become full-fledged parts of our product lineup. Notably:
See our post from last year’s Hack Week for a short video that really captures the energy and spirit of hack week.
Watching the presentations as teams ship what’s done at the end of the week.
Timed to allow our summer interns to participate, over 100 teams formed and got down to work. 88 different teams submitted finished projects for consideration. 12 projects made it to the final stage to place in six different categories.
One project used RaspberryPi and lock sensors to automate the tracking of shower availability in the office.
This year’s finalists were quite varied in the different problems that they tackled. Here are a few:
Team Bonding Activists shows off their shared real time graph.
Like many hallowed traditions, Hack Week only comes once a year. Until then, we’ll be counting down the days.