Coding night at TEO

TEO is a wonderful organization, always working on its motto that is “Passion for Software Development”. Passion is not something that is developed, it is inborn. Like some matchsticks in a matchbox, unless someone put the matchstick in hand and strike it against the matchbox, it is not ignited. Same case we need some source to ignite our passion. Fortunately our offshore team was also here, so we decided to have an event where we take a problem, all of us sit together, design it, develop it and host it.
We got a good support from Microsoft Innovation Center, Pakistan. I thank Mr. Jibran Jamshaid for being so kind to send goodies for the event.
So first part, i designed a passion ignitor poster. Here it was;
Coding night at TEO

Coding night at TEO

The event started at 7 PM. We gathered in the war room, discussed the problem on the whole. It was like the whole team was united, with different backgrounds. We had PM’s, architects, developers, Senior SE’s. This was fun. A real thing we would be achieving through this marathon was Team building. And i believe if we achieve just this, we would have achieved a lot. Out mission was to develop a full fledge media server, develop it in .net technology, and host it over Windows Azure.
We divided the guys into five teams. And the coding night begins. Let me share few pictures of the event here, which will give you an idea of intensity we had there.
Coding Night Analysis Session in Progress

Coding Night Analysis Session in Progress

Ideas floated like tsunami

Ideas floated like tsunami

Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Developers at fuel station

Developers at fuel station

Fifteen of the very best of TEO  got together at the first “Coding Night”.
The night started at 7:00 PM (yes we were fashionably late) with a discussion on the requirements. Where we discussed the problem at
hand, every one pitched in with their ideas. A candidate solution was decided in this meeting in 90 minutes. 4 Teams were made to work on the four different modules of the solution.
The teams went back to the keyboard further refined their tasks and coded to complete their respected modules. During this time they
communicated with each other about the integration points.
Finally everyone was done around 11:45 and we started the integration by putting the code on the big screen. Few tweaks here are there and we were home.
It was a great experience at the very least. We took a problem discussed it, designed it and solved it, all in the course of 5.5 hours.
I am very happy to say that we do have a working demo for the solution built in the coding night which is hosted
on the Microsoft Windows Azure. This demo will be soon shared with all of you.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this Night and I hope that this tradition will carry on in TEO.
In the image you will see the names of the people who participated in the event.

Coding night at a glance

Coding night at a glance