When Umbel’s Engineering teams aren’t busy making customer data usable and actionable, they often find time to work on hobby projects. From open-source projects to robotics to time-saving productivity tools, Umbel’s hacking culture is part of our DNA.
“It’s an opportunity for us to work together on interesting things that aren’t tied to our product roadmap,” said Ben Papillon, Director of Development at Umbel, who spearheaded the hack nights last year. “Every two weeks, we get together for dinner and drinks, and we build cool stuff.”
Hack nights are biweekly, optional events where we work together to learn and build. Anybody is welcome, not just Umbel employees. At each hack night, which are held every other Wednesday, Umbel sponsors food and drinks. We’re welcome to work on anything we find interesting. At last week’s hack night, one of our data scientists, Ryan Ebanks, worked on an automatic penny auction bidding bot.
Hack nights are not just for building, they are also for learning. At some of our past events, we’ve watched conference talks together. At last week’s hack night, Ben worked on a Slack bot to suggest music recommendations, partially as an exercise to learn Go.
If you’re interested in attending our next Hack Night, please join us on Wednesday, September 2nd at 6PM.