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JetBrains announces winners of ninth annual hackathon for new projects

Prolific developer tools company JetBrains has announced the winners of its ninth annual hackathon — including new tooling, tech stacks, meeting facilitators and office applications.

David Watson, writing on the JetBrains blog, said: “Failure is not fatal, but innovation is forever.

“The hackathon is a platform for innovation, where there are no constraints on creation. What we produce during these 48 hours can take JetBrains in totally new directions or help people learn completely new things that they can take with them into their careers.”

Watson said hackathon projects are awarded in 10 categories by 36 judges, with $23,000 up for grabs in prizes. This year, some 91 ideas were whittled down to 63 final projects.

Winners were announced in the most actively used, new tech stack, tooling, home office, office life, tangible, entertainment/socialising, business value, best presentation and overall winner categories.

The most actively used project was Awesome Meeting Facilitator.

“With a lot of our work going remote these last few years, connecting through virtual meetings has become the norm,” Watson said. “This project has won the hearts and minds of many JetBrainers, as it has made ad hoc communication simpler with its shortcuts for quickly creating meetings in Google Meet.”

Best new tech stack was IDEA Embedded Hardware Keys. These add support for Apple SecureEnclave and TMP keys for IntelliJ IDEA SSH and GPG sign, Watson said.

Flora – Micro Plugins in JavaScript for the IntelliJ Platform won the tooling prize.

“The integrated development environments (IDEs) have just been enhanced with project-level single-file plugins. There will never be the problem of missing functionality again,” Watson said.

“Now if you are missing something in your IDE, you can create it in JavaScript.”

The award for the most “physical and tangible” project went to CyberJacksonPollock.

“Our Museum of the Future team got to work using the technologies of the future to create futuristic art! Using a web UI, users can manipulate a robotic arm to create abstract art,” explained Watson.

Read about all the winners on the JetBrains website.

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