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Well, I assume the most important question for every customer after a successful purchase at Zalando is “Where is my order?” With our new feature we are able to answer that question in the most elegant and comfortable way possible. Read more…

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Earlier this year, we reported about Hack Week, the first open innovation week where Zalando Technology experiments without limits. Now, in the middle of June, we have “celebrated” it for the second time, again with very positive outcome and new learnings. We are quite excited to see how Hack Week has grown from a fun little side show into a cornerstone of Zalando’s innovation culture. This time around, Hack Week also involved a few other Zalando departments and attracted a lot of attention from the executive board, journalists, bloggers and even the state government. Read more…

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It is the last day of HackWeek and the projects are in the final phase. Meanwhile, the organisation team has been busy building a fantastic set of trophies with scrupulous attention to detail. There are ten different prices waiting to be awarded in ten underlying categories. Below you will find a comprehensive description about what every single trophy will be awarded for. Read more…

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How do you feel when you receive your favorite shoes from Zalando? I am sure you would be very excited to put them on as quickly as possible. But, in order to get those shoes out of the box, you shall also unpack the Zalando box. What if Zalando makes you happier and catches your emotions also when you unpack that box? Read more…

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Daily stand-ups, programming, tests, meetings… At first glance, you may not guess that the Gewürzgurke team, composed of two developers, three product managers and one QA has changed their daily routine for the HackWeek. And yet, they have an ambitious goal: Their project Gewürzgurke - which is the German word for gherkin, aims at implementing a new tool where Cucumber scenarios can be correctly written, read and tested. Read more…

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When I was walking around in the Zalando offices searching for a Hack Week project to write about, I passed by a meeting room that instantly caught my attention. The door to the room had been left open and the team seemed to have gone out for lunch. I had actually already decided what to write about and wanted to visit the team that I had looked up in our Hack Week Wiki and interview them. Read more…

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Tired of hacking? Need to refill your "batteries" with a short break? Relax with a round of Office Golf!

Office Golfers just have to come by in our BMO office with one or two colleagues (or more, but a round is played with 2-3 players at a time), they pick up their scorecard and start playing! Read more…

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Usually you can identify the best Zalando customers among your colleagues by the amount of zalando boxes they collect under their desks :) Some creative colleagues got inspired at the sight of stockpiled parcels and saw more in them than just packages. They started the hackweek project “cardboard furniture” Read more…

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The Hack Week welcomed a high-ranking visitor today. Berlin's Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, Ms. Cornelia Yzer, took a glimpse at Hack Week. She took a tour through our Technology offices and attended one of our usability tests in the Zalando User Lab. After a meeting with Rubin, Member of the Management Board, she stated: “Zalando Hack Week is a good example for how much creative energy slumbers in young Berlin-based companies. Zalando does not only talk about innovation, but lives up to it very proactively.”

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One of the most visible and successful projects outside Zalando was a project at last Hack Week that initially seemed just like a nice gadget. As a result of this “KINECT Virtual Dressing (for Xbox)” project, users could try-on Zalando's products using the sensor bar, called KINECT, which is a widely known extension for the Microsoft game console Xbox. Fashion apparel pictures are projected on a live visual imagery of the user who can see himself on a TV screen. When the user moves, the virtual dress is supposed to follow the body on-screen. In last Hack Week back in December, a working prototype was created, however KINECT evolved in the meantime. Read more…