MyHeritage Spring Hackathon


As most MyHeritage employees know, MyHeritage Hackathons are very exciting and much-anticipated events around the office. For those not familiar with the term, a hackathon is a sprint-like event in which our computer programmers, designers, product managers and others join together to work intensively and collaborate on new and exciting projects. Every few months, we host a 12-hour hackathon.

Employees are divided into teams and must come up with ideas for their projects in advance of the event. They then spend the day of the hackathon programming and designing their feature to turn their concept into a reality. There is a very exciting vibe around the office, with music, treats, and a lot of energy.

Here are some photos of the teams hard at work:

Here’s a short video with some highlights:

The teams came up with amazing, out-of-the-box ideas and worked tirelessly to execute them. Many of the projects will be continued and developed further.

Here are some of those exciting ideas:

  • DNA kit barcode scanning: Allowing users to activate their DNA kits by scanning the barcode, making the process quicker and easier — and less subject to human error — than entering the code manually.
  • Ethnicity heatmap: Providing an ethnicity heat map for regions included in the MyHeritage DNA ethnicity report.
  • Facial recognition: Improving our facial recognition capabilities on the family site.
  • DNA ethnicity report live video: The option for users to record their reactions as they receive their MyHeritage DNA results, and then to share that video with friends and family.
  • Voice-to-text tagging/indexing: Making voice recordings searchable by transcribing them, helping users better manage their audio media.
  • Uploading your Facebook profile picture as your personal photo on MyHeritage: An easy way for MyHeritage users to add a new personal photo from Facebook.
  • Family Tree Builder activity center: Add notifications to Family Tree Builder, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Casting from an Android device: Allow users to see their photos, by album, on their TV, using a Google Chromecast device.

Thanks to all participants and to those who contributed to the hackathon.

We’re looking forward to seeing some of these outstanding ideas come to life. We can’t wait to see what the next hackathon, planned for later in the year, will bring!

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  • Quinn

    May 19, 2017

    Neato! For your next hackathon, can I suggest a recipe book? How fun would it be to have family members submit their personal recipes? Then have it automatically be formatted into a book everyone can print, just like the family tree book. This is what I dream of folks.