Blog | July 24, 2014

Webdam Gets Creative at Shutterstock Hackathon

by Preeti Upadhyaya in Webdam Updates

The Webdam team was thrilled to compete in Shutterstock’s annual hackathon – an opportunity for  everyone to flex their creative muscles and collaborate with people on different teams from all over the company and build something completely original  from scratch. It was a really rewarding experience to break out of our daily routines and work on projects that had been on the back burner.

Together with the Shutterstock San Francisco team, we broke off into teams with members from all different departments – many of whom don’t get a chance to work together on a daily basis. Armed with round-the-clock snacks, caffeine and brains full of innovative ideas, Webdam hit the ground running. Hack to the Future 2014 was officially underway!

After 24 hours, one unicorn piñata and several all-nighters, the Webdam team turned out some amazing hacks! From big, programming-intensive projects to super-creative non-coding hacks, it was awesome to see the whole team working hard and playing hard together. A lot of our teams spent the day building some really awesome new features in Webdam – we can’t share them quite yet but stay tuned!


Across the company, 400 team members hacked away through the night, with a total of 81 all-nighters pulled. Nine different coding languages were in play across 51 teams in four different cities – San Francisco, New York, Denver and Berlin.

For more details about Hack to the Future 2014, check out this infographic by Shutterstock that explains the anatomy of a hackathon. You can also follow all hackathon-related social media activity by searching for the hashtag #SSTKHackathon.

We can’t wait for next year!


Shutterstock Hackathon