Hackathon - Easy Import of Data
There's no way to get around it - when you want to do something awesome, that will have alarge impact on a lot of people, it is really hard and very complicated.
We have a roadmap and are making progress but sometimes, the best way to execute is hold a good old-fashioned, HACKATHON!
A Global Hackathon, with three goals
Our team is located all over the globe, with team members in Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Spilimbergo, Italy and Zaporizhia, Ukraine. We adjusted schedules so that work was literally happening 24x7 and we had a solid 5-6 hours of overlap working time. We tapped out the international internet cable and had low video quality but the real-time collaboration was irreplaceable.
This being the first hackathon for the full Track Attack Team, we decided to focus on three things:
- Don't Suck: Not mincing words at all, our standards demand that our offerings contain aminimum level of quality. For some of these experiences, we've experimented on solutions, received valuable feedback from users and now its time to tighten things up.
- Make Getting Data In To Track Attack Super Easy: We realize our new service is asking drivers to use our software, on top of and even potentially instead of the analytics software that came with their data system hardware. Our mission is to prove to drivers that the value they will receive significantly out-weighs the menial effort they will put into uploading the data into Track Attack.
- Make it easy and fun to get started: We also realize that in many cases, drivers, crew members and fans will want to connect with others on lap times, sessions, leader-boards and cars, outside of the realm of data analysis. So we're starting work on a web-based Track Attack experience that anyone can access, without having to install or work through analysis software.
Working on the web Track Attack
Make Getting Data in Super Easy
Let's talk data. We saw the need to make it super easy for users to upload their data, in its current form, whether it is from MoTec, AiM, RaceCapture, RaceLogic. We know it's important because that is what makes the experience come to life.
The data needs to be uploaded in the software so that video can be synchronized with it. This will make it possible for your Track Attack profile page to become your resumé. as a driver. One thing that we routinely heard over past couple years is that when a driver wants to drive with a new lapping school or a racer wants to drive with a new sanctioning body, they always receive the question "tell us about your driving?"
The question what type of driver are you' really means is 'prove to us that you know what you're doing, and are going to be reliably safe for your own and other drivers' sake'. To showcase their skills we've seen drivers go out of their way including having instructors, coaches and officials from their 'home' organizations, call and vouch for them. At the end of the day, this usually worked but required valuable time from multiple people.
What if you could instead simply share a URL to your driving profile, which contains all of your session history, lap times, notes, comments, vouches and even video? Whether you are trying to prove who you are as a driver to be able drive with an organization for fun or to compete, this is the type of scenario that can come to life but only if your data is in our service, and on your profile.
So we're working hard to make this a reality with little to no manual work for any driver, coach or team lead to get their data into the Track Attack service. In some cases right now we rely on users to export a session into a .CSV format and then we can consume it. We want to remove this barrier- so we have some ideas and are excited about announcing this soon.
Overall, the hackathon was successful and over the next couple of months we will share more on our progress.