A Story for the Hacker In You
Dare to Hack!
Have you ever dreamt to be a Hacker?… At least for a few hours?
Did you ever take part in a Hackathon?
I had the chance to be the Host in Bucharest for our internal
1&1 Cloud Server Hackathon
Is it for me?
So, what’s in it for me? – You would ask.
And you’re perfectly right.
I would say that a hackathon “is for you” if you love to explore new things, if you like to be the first to walk unbeaten paths, and unearth bugs and other beasts hidden in a brand-new software.
That was the case for us on Thursday night.
Preparations started days before – checking video connection between locations, making sure we have everything needed in such events – laptops, projector, cables, pizza, drinks.
Kick Off: 17:00 CET in all locations
We kicked off on Thursday, June 18th, 17:00 CET simultaneously in 1&1 offices from Bucharest, Logrono, Karlsruhe, Munchen and Gloucester.
From Bucharest we had 15 participants.
We were connected via Video call and Chat with all the other locations and were in contact with the Platform guys and also with Customer Care.
The rules were clear: we were not allowed to make the platform unstable nor attack customer contracts, but nevertheless we could send in code that was able to do so 🙂
After a short introduction by Javier, our colleague from Arsys Logrono – subsidiary of 1&1 in Spain – everybody was given his/her test account and was free to start playing around the platform.
About the platform I have to say it’s a pretty powerful virtualization API that will soon be launched for all 1&1 Cloud Server customers to play with and contribute.
You can practically do anything you can imagine to manage programmatically your 1&1 Cloud Servers.
Starting on Thursday night and before Monday 22nd June end-of-day, any participant in the hackathon could enter the competition.
A jury formed by experts of the Cloud Server Platform will check all submissions and award for:
– the major vulnerabilities found on the platform or API and for
– the Best Mobile App and the Best Desktop App.
It’s all About the Thrill
So, how is it like to be part of a hackathon?
This is a good question because you actually can’t tell when the time flies by.
It’s something close to a hive swarming – lots of messages coming by the chat wall, small issues or big issues waiting to be solved right away:
Due to the relative small timebox, the people focused Thursday night on finding bugs and testing all the possible scenarios in the API.
60 people filed 33 bugs in 5 hours.
The good thing is that they found only minor vulnerabilities and some improvements for the platform.
Since the deadline for submissions was extended until Monday 22nd end-of-day, the thrill is still on – we wait to see the Winners.
Try it yourself!
If you want to feel the thrill yourself, I invite you to find a hackathon near you – that’s not so difficult – there was one a few weeks ago in Bucharest: