Under Construction // Rocket.Build 2018
“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
It’s day three of Rocket.Build 2018, and many of the questions that we had before our global innovation event in Waltham, Massachusetts, are beginning to get answered. There are 44 projects currently in the works, and we are already seeing a few emerge as possible favorites for our final judging on Thursday. Nearly 200 Rocketeers from all over the world have been working for 48 hours (with plenty of breaks for food, drinks and – yes – sleep) to create the next generation of Rocket technology.
Rocket.Build kicked off with an opening address from our CEO, Andy Youniss, who reminded participants that in the early days of the company the engineering teams would “come up with an idea on Monday and have something ready to ship by Friday.” While that cycle may not be realistic today, the compressed nature of a four-day hackathon is reiterating our commitment to agility, efficiency and focus. After all, with a firm deadline to finish everything by tomorrow there’s no time for delays or excuses: teams that want to win need to get everything done in the next 24 hours.
So, what are the teams working on? Most of the projects fit into four categories: machine learning, blockchain, enterprise modernization (with a particular focus on mainframes), and DevOps. That’s no accident. Rocket has identified those as key areas of focus for the company because they play such a critical role in helping organizations in all industries solve their critical problems and exceed their technical objectives.
That matters, because while Rocket.Build is an internal event designed to promote collaboration and big-picture thinking, our ultimate goal is very much costumer focused. We want the projects that Rocketeers develop this week to live on and find their way into the market. Stay tuned to find out which of this year’s teams will see their work on our product page in the following months.