Walmart Simple Text takes first place in #WMTCode hack at #HackDisrupt

This past weekend, WalmartLabs sponsored our first ever #WMTCode hack at TechCrunch’s #HackDisrupt. We opened up our APIs to more than 600 hackers so they could take shopping at Walmart to the next level online, on mobile and in our 5,000+ stores across the U.S.

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With over a dozen submissions to our hack, it was difficult to pick just one winner. The winning hack stood out to us because it simplified and elevated the customer experience with an easy to use solution. Congratulations to the Walmart Simple Text team for their winning project! Clara, Devin, and Rachel won $5,000 dollars and will get the chance to test Walmart Simple Text in one Walmart store. We’re very excited to see this hack in action!

Winning Team: Walmart Simple Text

Rachel Tsao, Devin Finzer, and Clara Tsao of Walmart Simple Text

Rachel Tsao, Devin Finzer, and Clara Tsao of Walmart Simple Text

Walmart Simple Text helps users easily navigate through and find items at their local Walmart store. By texting a simple “Hi” along with a keyword search term to a specified phone number, users can receive the exact location of the product they are looking for and information on whether it’s in stock. If the user needs any additional help, Walmart Simple Text can connect you with a store representative—all through SMS.

Walmart Simple Text could potentially transform the way our customers shop by providing them a convenient, faster service that not only saves them time, but also makes their shopping experience more enjoyable. Congrats Clara, Devin, and Rachel!

Honorable Mention: Quarry

Stephen Ball, Holman Gao, and Roger Wong of Quarry

Stephen Ball, Holman Gao, and Roger Wong of Quarry

We also want to give a huge shout out to Stephen, Holman, and Roger from Quarry who built the autocomplete brain plug-in that took all of the metadata and filters available from Walmart.com to bring visual, intelligent and relevant search results to our users. Awesome work, guys!

Honorable Mention: Easy Shop Club

Jerry Tung, Alex Meliones, and Nic Meliones of Easy Shop Club

Jerry Tung, Alex Meliones, and Nic Meliones of Easy Shop Club

Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank the Easy Shop Club team whose project provided a 360-degree view of our Walmart stores. Nic, Jerry, Alexandra, and Kwaku built an immersive product experience that could change the future of shopping. Great job!

Thanks again to everyone that participated in our #WMTCode hack over the course of the weekend. It was inspiring to see all your creative ideas on how together we can transform the future of shopping. You all truly made our first TechCrunch #HackDisrupt unforgettable!