Over the last three months Xero’s been running XDHax, our virtual developer hackathon, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). With some sweet prizes up for grabs, we challenged hackers to build an app that could benefit small businesses around the globe.
All of the submissions we received were of a high quality and we were thrilled to see the ways teams innovated on our platform. The judges had to work overtime to choose the top submissions.
Let’s take a look at the winners of the best app categories:
For Best App – APAC
Winner: Custom D
Custom D, a web development company with offices in both Australia and New Zealand, built Dirty Bach a mobile app for cleaners that syncs seamlessly with Xero.
Josh Smith, Web Developer at Custom D, says the team are old hands at web-based Xero integrations but Dirty Bach marks it’s first mobile-only app.
“Dirty Bach evolved from observing a cleaner organising her work. We wanted the app to provide super fast, and simple billing and scheduling for cleaners while still being intuitive and uncomplicated. It was built with React Native, which enabled us to easily reach both Apple iOS and Android device users. We think this is the ideal tool for owner operators and are hugely proud the app and stoked that our efforts have been noticed by the XDHax judges.”
Runner-up: Equity Space
For Best App – EMEA
Jemcode, a UK based app development and design company, built InView which makes it easier for businesses to manage their cash flow by allowing businesses to sync invoices and bills from Xero to desktop and mobile calendars.
Rikki Pitt, founder at Jemcode, was inspired to build InView following challenges he noticed as a small business owner.
“As a business owner that uses Xero, I found it tricky to keep track of my client payments. Not knowing who to chase or what is outstanding can lead to cash flow problems and I wanted an option to automate the process of adding Xero information to my calendar. The app is built on Ruby on Rails and I’m particularly proud of the calendar caching process I devised to boost performance. XDHax presents an exciting opportunity to really challenge yourself to come up with innovative and creative solutions and I’m thrilled to have won the EMEA competition.”
Runner-up: Xavier Analytics
From the judges
Dan Young, Head of Developer Platform at Xero, led the XDHax judging, “We were excited to have such a difficult decision in choosing the winners from the apps submitted as it shows the calibre of developer talent out there. Both winners – Dirty Bach and InView really demonstrate a strong appreciation for the spirit of the hackathon,”
“Dirty Bach fills a real gap in the Xero ecosystem and does so in a fun way. They should be congratulated on their ability to build not just mobile-first but mobile-only. InView presents a really strong entrant to our app marketplace and offering a small but powerful improvement to the way an organisation can view and edit events in calendars outside of Xero.”
Both winners were awarded US$5,000 prize money, and will be given the opportunity to showcase their app to Xero’s community with an entry-level exhibitor space at a future Xerocon. The runners-up were awarded USD$2,500 each.
If you’re feeling inspired, and want to find out how you can get in front of Xero’s 1.4 million global subscribers and 100,000 plus advisors, check out our API documentation, ‘how to’ guides and how to become a Xero app partner. To all submissions, a huge thanks from the Xero ecosystem team.