Nerv are an award winning Creative Digital Agency ranked in the top 100 independent agencies in the UK and they use Hack Nights to build team spirit and learn new skills. Studio Manager Joe Gassis has informed us of the benefits of these collaborative computer programming events:

‘Working as part of a bleeding-edge digital agency demands that everyone stay up to date with the very latest web technologies. This can quickly become exhausting if the learning process is always dictated by stringent client requirements and looming deadlines, limiting the freedom your team has to explore and master their new skills.

Hack nights are a great way to bring people together for the sole purpose of experimenting, where creative barriers are removed and there are no penalties for failure.

It’s playtime for developers; as an opportunity to relax and rediscover the joy of building. Got a great idea for something you’ve always wanted to create? Set your own goals, write a group brief and work together to make it happen. At the very least you’ll foster team spirit and reignite the passion for learning new skills. You may even end up turning a hack night side-project into a successful product that raises the profile of your whole agency, potentially providing an entirely new revenue stream.

So get a good playlist going, chill the beers and summon the pizza guy. Get settled in for the evening, choose your tools and create amazing things together!’

Here at Clear Books we know how much developers enjoy a Hack Night as we had our own Hackathon last year. Many of the applications that were developed are still in use at Clear Books HQ today! Click here to find out more!

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Posted by David Eaton

David is a Chartered Accountant and Director of SME Strategies ( which offers tailored support to ambitious SMEs and gives mentoring to owner managers.