The Lowe’s Digital Technology team hosted the first ever Lowe’s Digital Challenge Codeathon in Austin, Texas. Local students and developers gathered January 22 - 24, 2016 to help Lowe’s build the future of home improvement at the Code Lowe’s Digital Challenge. The event was hosted at Capital Factory in Austin, a shared working space for incubators, accelerators and hackathons.
What was the Lowe’s Digital Challenge all about? Participants were to develop a new mobile experience: one that would help Lowe’s customers love where they live by connecting Lowe's digital channels with the people, products and services Lowe's offers to deliver customers' home improvement projects.
During the intensive weekend of planning and coding, the Lowe’s Digital team presented with multiple business difficulties and APIs. Participants brainstormed and created their best mobile offerings and solutions. Several of the brightest and best architects, developers, business analysts and digital strategists from Lowe’s interacted greatly with the teams throughout the weekend.
On the last day of the challenge, teams’ entries were judged on the following criteria on a scale of 1 through 10. The teams demoed their entries live in front of our panel of judges, keeping to a strict 3-minute time limit to present their projects.
The Winners & Prizes
1st Place – IDEAkit - $15,000
2nd Place – Lowe’s Creative Ideas - $5,000
3rd Place – Lowe’s Grows Home Gardening - $2,000
Check out our Digital Challenge particpants’ recap of the weekend-long event!
@MiroTwit We're happy to hear it sounds like you had fun!— Lowe's (@Lowes) January 25, 2016
The Digital Challenge in Austin yielded a number of successful outcomes for Lowe’s and our participants! Several new concepts and extensions to existing projects were created to assess for our digital platform roadmap. We also exercised our Mashery API management tool and core Lowe’s APIs for the first time in a semi-public setting. We congratulate our Digital Challenge winners and all our participants for their hardwork!
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