Dirty Bach and InView take out the top spots
Dirty Bach and InView take out the top spots at Xero’s Developer Challenge 2018
Auckland, 25 September 2018 — Xero, the global small business platform, today announced the winners of XDHax, Xero’s Developer Challenger 2018.
Custom D, a web development company with offices in both Australia and New Zealand, was crowned the Asia Pacific (APAC) winner with its app Dirty Bach - a mobile app for cleaners that syncs seamlessly with Xero.
In Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the winner was UK-based app development and design company, Jemcode with an app called InView which allows businesses to sync invoices and bills to desktop and mobile calendars.
“The judges had some difficult choices to make but truth be told we were thrilled with that as it really highlighted the calibre of developer talent out there. Both winners - Dirty Bach and InView - showed a strong appreciation for the spirit of the hackathon and we were delighted to be able to award them both with the top prize”, says Dan Young, Global Head of Developer Platform, Ecosystem at Xero.
“Dirty Bach fills a real gap in the Xero ecosystem and does so in a fun way. We would also like to congratulate the team on their ability to build not just mobile-first but mobile-only. InView is a strong entrant to our app marketplace, offering a small but powerful integration that helps businesses better view and edit events in calendars outside of 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, and fueled by pizza, beer and industrial quantities of coffee. We think this is the ideal tool for owner operators and are hugely proud the app.”
Rikki Pitt, founder at Jemcode, was inspired to build InView following some 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.”
Both winners were awarded US$5,000 prize money, and given the opportunity to showcase their app to Xero’s community of 1.4 million global subscribers and 100,000 plus advisors. The runners up in each region - Equity Space in APAC and Xavier Analytics in EMEA - were awarded $2,500 each.
Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use global online platform for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 1.4 million subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with more than 600 apps. It was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company for two years running, won Product of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards 2017 in the UK, and was rated by Canstar Blue as Australia’s best accounting software three consecutive years from 2015-2017.
About XDHax 18
XDHax, Xero’s Developer Challenge 2018, is run in partnership with Amazon Web Services and was launched as part of Xero’s Developer Roadshow, XD18. Run as a virtual hackathon, the challenge was to build a new innovative app using the cloud, to benefit small businesses around the globe. There was no limit to what participants could build and entrants were encouraged to think outside the square and get as innovative as possible.