Atlassian Devs Unleashed Hackathon

December 2022 Atlassian posted a hackathon at Devpost, looking for people to flex their JavaScript muscles and show off the Atlassian Forge platform.

I enjoy coding and I’ve been growing my JavaScript skills working on SquaredUp’s new graph powered BI tool so I was interested, and Gavin said he was willing to test out the product as well as do a little research on Gamification in general.  So we figured we’d enter.

Free trip to Germany? I'm listening...

I could feign altruistic motives, but I’d be lying if I said both of us weren’t driven by the chance to win a free trip.  Oh, and we wouldn’t have turned down the cash either, there were some generous prizes.  We we’re drawn to the travel so much so that I even included a cheesy plug for it in the demo and screenshots.

A comment showing a potential free trip to Berlin
If only the Scavenger Hunt app had such power

The results?

No free trip to Germany, but we created a pretty cool product.  We’ve decided we’ll open source the code as well as get it up on the marketplace for anyone that would like to use it.

The details of our submission are below, as well as the cheesy demo video I recorded.  Once we get all the bugs ironed out and a couple more testers to run over things we’ll drop another blog post. 


I’m thrilled when someone keeps their documentation up-to-date or comments on issues to clarify questions. For me, it’s those little actions that let a team working remotely know your everyone is engaged and behind the project.

That said, keeping the little bits of minutia in documentation correct has more than once fallen to the bottom of my priority list and I’m sure others. So the idea came to mind to throw a little encouragement around the platform to add just a little more excitement to everyday tasks.

What it does

Through the use of a granular settings page and UI the Jira and Confluence administrators can specify prizes and break them down into increments which are collected by users to earn an award. The number of increments required as well as what activities and their probabilities are controllable by the administrators as well.

How we built it

To maximize the security and reliability of the Scavenger Hunt, as well as show off Forge itself, the entire project is built only using Forge UI Kit components and Forge FaaS functions.

User activities are tracked using the available triggers offered by Forge and when activated it evaluates the current configuration to see if the activity ‘found’ anything. Those activities that qualify for a prize are then notified via the comments (if a prize is available) and the leaderboard is updated.

Storage leverages the async store.get() and store.set() with some additional framework (noted below) to break the data into logical chunks and maximize performance while reducing the risk of exceeding the maximum object size.

Challenges we ran into

  • Storing data in a way that all Atlassian Products can use it
    Having users’ awards limited to just Jira or just Confluence hindered the seamless feeling I was hoping for. After a bunch of whiteboard sketching and brainstorming a system was created to sync data between local installations of the product without ever leaving the Atlassian platform.
  • Slight variations between the APIs for products
    To access the properties of a user you can use the build in authentication, which is pretty slick. What threw me the most was the very minor variance that Confluence uses a /current endpoint for the current user and Jira uses /myself (which doesn’t even fall under the User category)

Accomplishments that I’m proud of

I’m pretty happy with the near real-time data synchronization between different products while maintaining a level of security and staying withing Atlassian data centers. I almost broke down and just used an external DB, but I managed to tackle it.

What I learned

I was forced to learn a bunch about React development patterns in a hurry as I hadn’t used it in the past. Typically my work is in the backend so it’s not a technology I’ve much experience with.

Additionally, UI Kit can be restrictive at times but provides a great way to make familiar UI experiences

What’s next for Atlassian Scavenger Hunt

There are a bunch of items I’d like to add and keep building on for the Scavenger Hunt. After getting a couple of the below items in I’m hoping to get a listing on the Marketplace so that others can enjoy it as well.

  • Awards for Watching pages/issues/blogs
  • Awards for voting on Issues
  • More PowerUps!

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