Hackathons (and game jams) can be a lot of fun but there can also be a lot of pressure to build something that actually works and is good. Enter the stupid hackathon! The idea of a stupid hackathon is that you deliberately make something ridiculous and/or terrible. Suddenly the pressure is off and you can try stuff that you don’t know will work. A friend of mine heard about it and shared the idea, then a few of us got together and had a little shitty hackathon.
To be fair, the maps api documentation does include a lot of examples to work from which is more than I can say about many other apis. If I ever finish adding autocomplete to my terrible directions page, I’d start with one of their autocomplete examples and add my directions code to it. Then if I wanted to get really fancy I could search for a burrito place on the way to your destination and add that to the route instead of randomly sending people across town. But then again, where’s the fun in that?