What robot spiders have to do with our work at Avenga

Person coding on a laptop

What do robot spiders, MMPORGs and pancake machines have in common? We dealt with all of these topics at our internal hackathon – the Woodhack. Once a year, our colleagues have the opportunity to spend two days focusing on what excites them outside of work. For this, we go to the countryside together, rent a cute hotel and tinker with our projects day and night. At the end, a winning project is chosen. 

This year, most of the participants came from our software engineering department, but there were also a few colleagues from HR and marketing. They may not be able to code, but they got involved in the projects in other ways. 

Project #1 The Pancake Machine

Pancake Machine

This project has been around since Woodhack 2021 and spoilers: It didn’t quite get finished this year either. The goal is to develop a machine that helps people make pancakes and other delicious breakfast treats. The basis for this is an Arduino, which activates timed lights on a baking instruction card. In addition, there are modules made of building blocks that assist with smaller tasks, such as pouring the batter into a pan. We’re excited to see what capabilities will be added next year!

Project #2 The MMPORG

MMORPG on laptop and as code

For all non-gamers: An MMORPG is a “Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.” In the game, many players explore a world at the same time and experience adventures together, fighting monsters and other enemies. Over time, they gain experience and develop their game characters. And that’s what we wanted to develop within two days! Our main concern was the communication between the server and the client, which we wanted to establish with the help of gRPC. We quickly realized that we had taken on too much and were only able to present a working map at the end. Characters and game mechanics will follow next year!

Project #3 The Robot Spider

Robot spider on a table

Definitely the cutest of the three projects: the robot spider. We wanted to make it order a beer at the counter and then serve it to us. Unfortunately, due to a defective circuit board, the spider limped and ended up only being able to dance. It was less useful, but definitely entertaining!

Our conclusion? Although we only slept little and didn’t finish our tasks, the Woodhack is always a great opportunity to work on passion projects and exchange ideas with Avengas from other teams and disciplines! We’re already looking forward to next year!

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