Forward thinking companies of all sizes use HyperTrack to build live location features in their products. We make it easy for app developers to build better location-based services, just as Twilio does for communication and Stripe does for payments. Our system clocks over a million hours tracked per month and is growing fast.
“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.” – John of Salisbury, Metalogicon, circa 1159
Expanding the ways in which developers can interact with our APIs is important for us and something we take seriously. When we began discussing with the EU’s GSA about our inclusion in the Galileo Hackathon, we knew that a new feature needed to be added to our API: raw location values.
According to Wikipedia, a hackathon (pronounced “hakəˌTHän”) is “a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.” That was certainly the case when we traveled to Gdansk, Poland for the 2nd GSA Galileo Hackathon last week.
New hires at HyperTrack usually impress the team with the code they check in on day-one. Aman raised a few more eyebrows on his first day when he caught a bullet of a shot during the evening cricket ritual at the office. He swerved like Neo in Matrix, though instead of dodging the bullet, he ended up singlehandedly snatching it out of thin air.
Hackathons are a great opportunity for creative juices to run wild and for the next innovation to be born. Over a short period of time, usually 24-28 hours, participants are tasked with using a variety of technology and services, and fueled by pizza, energy drinks, and excitement, to create something amazing.
On Mar 22, Google announced that users of Google Maps can share their trips and real-time location with friends when on the way. Then on Mar 27, Facebook announced that users of Facebook Messenger can share their live location with friends to make meeting up easier and safer. The news from Google and Facebook comes hot on the heels of the Feb 3 news story that Whatsapp has been testing real-time location sharing. Apple has had Find My Friends app packaged into iOS 9 and later since September 2015 so iPhone users can share live location with their friends.