In June, more than 200 talents from the European IT industry gathered in Riga at our international programming festival CodeX. Within Hackaton, 43 teams demonstrated their skills in competing with programming skills, developing a solution to one of six programming challenges.
CodeX, a 48h coding festival, serves as the ground for collaboration, providing a unique opportunity to work and interact with hundreds of developers while supported by experienced mentors and industry experts. Helve team invited participants from Latvia and from all across Europe to apply - the hackathon took place simultaneously, both virtually and physically, in Riga, Latvia. Eager to make its mark as an exciting destination for new talent, Helve offered a fully cost-covered experience for international developers. For 48h hours, participants got to enjoy not just the local food & accommodation, but also the opportunity to explore new technologies - ranging from machine learning to multiverse.
"We have successfully completed the first programming festival, attracting more than 400 IT talent from all over Europe in a hybrid format. For CodeX, this is just the beginning! This is an example in which Latvian IT companies work together for a common goal - to help attract specialists to Latvia," says Zane Grēta Grants, Project Lead at Helve.
Winners of CodeX
The team of Phoenix, which developed a real-time tracking system, was recognized as the author of the best solution. The team will receive a cash prize of € 5,000 from the main sponsor, Ubiquiti. The Phoenix team was also a finalist in the challenge for Latvijas Pasts to develop solutions that would improve the postal service processes, winning another 2,000 euros from Latvijas Pasts.
"One of our team members recently mailed important documents to the university. Unfortunately, the shipment disappeared and could not be recovered. This prompted us to ask how the postal services could find lost items, making their delivery more reliable and efficient, as well as providing a better user experience," said a Phoenix team spokesman for the solution that earned the team first place in the hackathon.
The team "Flowercup" solution was recognized as the best in the challenge of creating a cryptocurrency bot set by the Latvian startup "Gravity Team" and received 1 ETH in the prize.
International IT company "Emergn" invited teams to develop new ways to improve the experience of insurance customers. The team "Sr CSS Engineers" was recognized as the best, winning not only a cash prize of 1,500 euros but also the opportunity to receive VFQ product management training.
Team Horoscrypt won a € 1,000 cash prize by winning the challenge by Atea, a leading IT infrastructure provider in the Nordic and Baltic countries, to develop a creative tool to improve meeting management in large companies.
Team "Lool Space" was awarded a cash prize of 2000 euros as the Riga City and "Lightspace" challenge winner. In a short time, Lool Space created a solution to make the learning process more efficient, and exciting using augmented reality.
Hackathon was attended not only by experienced programmers but also by those who did not yet have extensive experience and knowledge in programming. Beginners were given the opportunity to compete in the Riga TechGirls beginners track challenge by developing a bot for the hackathon communication platform Discord. In this challenge, the Mafia Bot team was selected as the winner.
Helve team hosts the international hackathon "CodeX" with the aim to make Riga an exciting destination for young talent and to create a technology community centred on cooperation and co-creation. CodeX was organized in collaboration with the main sponsors Ubiquiti and Gravity Team and the venue supporter Riga Technical University.