Connie Kwan, Product Manager at Atlassian, took the stage at the July 2014 Silicon Valley Health 2.0 Meet-up to tell the audience about the first ever Atlassian Health Hack scheduled for September 27, 2014 in San Francisco. She says Atlassian is uniquely suited to partner with the Health 2.0 community to do a hackathon because the company makes products for software development teams.
Some of company’s products are Jira (a bug tracker), Bitbucket (free private repositories to manage your source code in cloud), Confluence and HipChat (collaboration tools) and Stash (Git repository management).
According to Connie, the Atlassian has a culture of creativity and developer empowerment. “It’s baked into our DNA,” she says, “because our customers are developers and most of the company’s employees are developers.”
She went on to explain some of the cool events Atlassian sponsors including a quarterly ShipIt, where Atlassian developers have 24 hours to ship something – either a pet project of something from their team. They have an Atlas Camp every year where they invite all of their ecosystem developers. This year it was in Berlin. There is also a Hackhouse where every year they put 20 students who are going to join Atlassian into a beach house in Sydney so they can “surf, code, and repeat.”
They also like to give back. Two Atlassian employees started a site called MakeaDiff.org where non-profits can list their digital projects or needs and developers who want to donate their time can find a worthwhile project to work on.
At the Atlassian San Francisco Health Hack everyone will get Bitbucket. And, developed products will be listed on the Atlassian Marketplace that manages billing and lets people download products to try out.
Volunteers are needed to support the Hack. If you are interested in helping out, email Kevin at [email protected]
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